Gleeson, Kitsch to star in McKellar's remake

Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch have been set to star in Don McKellar’s “The Grand Seduction,” a remake of the 2003 French film “Le Grande Seduction.”

McKellar is directing from a screenplay by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott who wrote the original French film. Cast will also include Gorden Pinsent, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Liane Balaban.

Roger Frappier (“Jesus of Montreal”), who produced the original French film, is producing alongside Barbara Doran (“Love & Savagery”).

“The Grand Seduction” will begin shooting today in St John’s, Newfoundland. Pic centers on a small harbor town which needs a doctor so that it can land a contract to secure a factory. Gleeson will portray a village resident who searches to find a doctor and employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay ermanently.

Film is budgeted at $12.7 million and financed by Telefilm Canada, Sodec, The Newfoundland and Labrador Film development corporation, Max Films inc., Vision Globale and Morag Loves Company.

“The Grand Seduction” is a co-production between Frappier’s Max Films and Morag Loves Company. Jeff Sackmann, Mark Slone and Joe Iacono are exec producers.

The film will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Films and Voltage pictures will handle foreign sales.

Kitcsch is currently seen in “Savages” and Gleeson was most recently in “The Guard.”

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