What Happened to Taylor Kitsch?

Taylor Kitsch’s career is on the downswing.

He used to be one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, but now he can’t seem to get a break. What happened?

Is it his acting skills that are lacking, or is it something else? Let’s find out what happened to Kitsch’s career.

If you haven’t heard of Taylor Kitsch, he was the star of John Carter. His career has been on-again-off-again since then.

He starred in Battleship and True Detective Season 2 but didn’t return for season 3.

Now it’s rumored that he’ll be starring in a new series called The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. 

The Career Nosedive

Taylor Kitsch is an actor who used to be in everything.

He starred in Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Battleship. However, lately, he hasn’t featured much on the big screen due to some misfires at the box office.

John Carter was a complete bomb when it came out last year. But Lone Survivor and Savages both did well enough with critics and audiences alike.

Taylor Kitsch

So What Happened?

Let’s assess Taylor Kitsch’s career decline by looking back at his career trajectory over the past few years.

After his initial break as Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, he became one of Hollywood’s most desired leading men.

He has also starred alongside Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Rihanna (Battleship), and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass).

Kitsch showed how versatile he could be in all three of these films. Although they each had their problems, his performances were not why they failed at the box office and with critics.

John Carter, Battleship and Lone Survivor

John Carter was a failure because it failed to deliver on its source material. Battleship wasn’t perfect. But Lone Survivor proved that Taylor Kitsch is still someone who can carry an action movie.

However, after Savages came out (which also did well enough critically), Kitsch’s career went into free fall due to multiple setbacks during development hell.

He starred in Oliver Stone’s ensemble crime drama The Cartel, which didn’t come out (and it wasn’t very good). Kitsch was also set to star in the new Peter Berg-directed film, The Rundown, but he dropped out last.

He’s currently attached to play John Belushi opposite James Franco as Dan Aykroyd in an upcoming biopic about their time on Saturday Night Live. But there hasn’t been much talk of that project either.

What Happened to Taylor Kitsch?

Taylor Kitsch’s career hit a dead end when he left Friday Night Lights. Since then, he hasn’t majored in any mega Hollywood project.

Unfortunately for Taylor Kitsch, his career has taken a nosedive after appearing in three blockbusters within two years.

This is not because his acting abilities have declined or because audiences are tired of seeing him. It goes back to development hell and a string of bad luck with projects that haven’t gotten off the ground yet. 

Taylor’s appearance in these blockbusters dealt a massive blow to his career. The attempts to make him a star at an early age plummeted in disappointment. And so, stardom left his destiny.

For instance, X-Men Origins: Wolverine scored 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the franchise recouped $373 million from a $150m budget. John Carter posed more problems for the young actor.

Kitsch was at the center of the movie, and it received a lot of backlash. Eventually, the film earned only $284 million from a $250 budget. This represented Taylor’s biggest low in his entire acting career.

Later, when Battleship came out, it scored only 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, grossing $303 million from a $200 million budget.

What Is Taylor Kitsch Doing Now?

Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian actor best known for Tim Riggins in the NBC series Friday Night Lights. After that show ended, he went on to star in movies such as Battleship and John Carter.

In 2016, however, it was reported by Entertainment Weekly that he had been cast in an upcoming television adaptation of American Assassin.

The article mentioned how “Kitsch will play the lead character Mitch Rapp who works with various agencies worldwide.” But no other information about what happened is given within this article.

It seems from this paragraph alone that Taylor has been busy working on different projects since then. This could mean he’s currently acting or still seeking roles elsewhere.