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Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch Engage In ‘The Grand Seduction’

Written by on July 30, 2012 

Considering the unfortunate manner in which his 2012 unfolded, it might be for Taylor Kitsch‘s own good when he does a non-blockbuster project. But maybe that’s just me.

According to Variety, he and Brendan Gleeson are already shooting Grand Seduction, an English-language remake of the 2003 French hit Seducing Doctor Lewis. Don McKellar will be directing, with the script coming from the original writer, Ken Scott — who, up until late April, was going to helm — and Michael Dowse; Canadian character actors Gordon Pinsent, Mary Walsh, Liane Balaban, and Cathy Jones are all co-starring. And they’re getting to work this very day!

Like the original, this Grand Seduction takes place in “a small harbor town which needs a doctor so that it can land a contract to secure a factory.” One citizen (Gleeson) takes it upon himself to get the doctor, while the rest of this community devise various strategies that should encourage their new resident to stay for good.

A much smaller kind of deal for Kitsch — probably what Gleeson is attracted to by this point, actually — that could make for a nice recalibration of sorts. Grand Seduction, on its own, sounds perfectly pleasant, too; I’m a sucker for the Canadian countryside (this is not a joke), so the Newfoundland photography ought to make a nice impression.

Is this ensemble enough to generate hope for Grand Seduction? Have you seen the original?


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