Deadline reports that rapper turned actor Machine Gun Kelly (Project Power) has dropped out of the crime thriller Wash Me In The River due to a scheduling conflict. Kelly was expected to co-star with acting legends Robert De Niro and John Malkovich in the project from director Randall Emmett.
Instead, Taylor Kistch will be taking over the lead role.
Kitsch will play a recovering addict who goes Man On Fire toward every drug dealer he thinks might have played a role in his fiance’s death. Two cops are hot on his trail.
Taylor has had a bit of a rough career jumping into films from television with projects such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was success but a critical minefield leading to his historical box office bomb John Carter and Peter Berg’s less disastrous Battleship both released back in 2012.
He’s attempted to bounce back with stuff like working with the late Chadwick Boseman on the thriller 21 Bridges, the firefighter drama Only The Brave, reuniting with Peter Berg for Lone Survivor, and taking a supporting lead role in the second season of HBO’s True Detective.
Kitsch was recently attached to star in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming horror film but remains to be seen if that project has resumed filming in New Mexico.
Filming on Wash Me In The River begins next month in Georgia and Puerto Rico.