Taylor Kitsch will produce, direct, write and star in the indie crime drama “Pieces,” based on his short film of the same name.
Besides Kitsch, producers are Peter Berg through his Film44 company; Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett Furla Oasis Films; Tim Sullivan and Tony Callie.
Kitsch premiered the short film at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest. He played a man facing a massive gambling debt, forcing his best friend (played by Josh Pence) to navigate through the underworld in order to save him. The feature will follow three best friends in Detroit whose lives are forever changed when they intercept a drug run.
Berg directed the movie “Friday Night Lights” and then developed the NBC series of the same name, on which Kitsch starred as Tim Riggins for the five-season run. Berg and Kitsch also collaborated on the movies “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor,” on which Emmett was a producer.
Kitsch’s other credits include “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Battleship,” “John Carter” and “Savages.” He also starred in the second season of the HBO series “True Detective” and in HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” He is repped by CAA.
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Berg directed the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon,” starring Mark Wahlberg, for Lionsgate.
See a trailer for the short film below:
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.