TheWrap reports that “The Normal Heart” star has been offered the lead role in the remake of the film that became an instant classic back in 2011.
The report adds that both Screen Gems and Kitsch are not currently in the same ballpark in financial terms and the action film, which has “Expendables 3” director Patrick Hughes set to direct, will not start rolling until January, 2015.
Kitsch is coming off HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “Lone Survivor,” two much needed wins for the talented actor who starred in two of the biggest commercial failures in recent memory—“John Carter” and “Battleship.”
Along with “The Raid” remake, Kitsch is a contender for one of the lead roles in the highly anticipated season two of HBO’s “True Detective.” TheWrap’s report notes that season two of “True Detective” finishes up in January, 2015—leaving the door open for the actor to take on both projects.
“Run All Night” screenwriter Brad Ingelsby wrote the script for the remake and XYZ Films will produce, they also produced the 2011 original.
Official plot details have not been released but in an interview with Comingsoon, Hughes gave some insight on his take saying it will follow a DEA task force, which was implemented post-9/11.
No release date is set for “The Raid” remake.
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