From “Troy” to “Four Brothers” to “Friday Night Lights,” 23-year-old heartthrob Garrett Hedlund seems like he’s been “this close” to super-stardom for darn near a lifetime. Now, with his first starring role on the horizon, the actor is being joined by a few veterans who might help push him over the top.
“We hope to get it going, and it will be soon if we do,” said Hedlund, who is virtually unrecognizable during his brutal performance in this month’s “Death Sentence.”
The name of the project is “Hectic,” a drama along the lines of the Martin Scorsese classic “After Hours” that flashes back and forth between modern times and the last several decades. “The basic plot is about this rundown DJ that lived in New York back in the late 70s and early 80s, who was swimming in the cash, with the girls - he had it all.”
“Then times change and it cuts to today’s time, where he’s got nothing going for him,” the star said of the flick. “Now he’s got no money in his pocket, and he’s in debt to [a gangster named] Jimmy Thumbs for twenty-five grand. He’s got to get his life together, and get this guy paid before he gets his knees broken.”
“He’s got 24 hours to take care of this debt and get out of town before the New Year strikes,” the actor said of his first starring role.
The director is currently putting the movie together, and has already recruited some recognizable names for supporting roles. “Richard Wright, Robin Wright-Penn’s brother, will be directing it…Robin will play a role in it, and Rosanna Arquette, thus far.”