Taylor Kitsch to Star & Produce HBO Drug Drama Series

For awhile, actor Taylor Kitsch didn’t have the best luck. After being a part of the ensemble of the widely praised Friday Night Lights, he tried his hand at big budget cinema, leading the 2012 films Battleship, John Carter, and Savages. None of these were particularly well-received or highly successful at the box office (Although John Carter has gained somewhat of a cult following since then). While he saw some success being in the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed 2017 film Only the Brave, right now film hasn’t worked well for him.

However, on television, he’s had better luck, recently gaining critical praise for his portrayal of David Koresh in the Paramount Network miniseries Waco earlier this year. Before that, he collaborated multiple times with HBO, being a part of the cast for season 2 of True Detective and the 2014 TV film The Normal Heart, the latter of which he received additional praise. Now, Kitsch looks ready to re-team with HBO as an actor while taking on further responsibilities from the production standpoint.

It was announced today that Kitsch will both star and executive produce an untitled drama series. Kitsch will play the lead role of Chris Klug, a young, family-oriented drug dealer who catches the wrong end of a bad batch of dope that leaves him in a temporary vegetative state. However, he discovers that it was no accident and someone close to him was, in fact, trying to take him out. The show will use a framing device of telling the story through both flashbacks and Chris’ present-day purgatory.

Kitsch will executive produce the show alongside the show’s writer John Barcheski, it’s showrunner Robert Munic, and it’s director Matt Shakman. HBO and eOne will co-produce. Stay tuned!