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Kelowna-born actor Taylor Kitsch stars in an upcoming feature film about an elite American firefighting team.
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July 22, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KELOWNA – The trailer for a feature film starring Kelowna-born actor Taylor Kitsch has just been released and it's very topical — it's about forestry firefighters.

It's good timing as the B.C. fire season appears headed to a record-setting year in terms of number of fires, area burned and number evacuees.

This movie, however, is of course centred on American firefighters and offers a view of one of the elite firefighting teams.

Sony Pictures released the trailer featuring scenes from Only the Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly and Kitsch earlier this week. It is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite American firefighting team.

The B.C. Government hires roughly 1,000 wildland firefighters every year and this year, crews have come from across Canada and as far away as Australia.

It is set for release early this fall.

Born in Kelowna in 1981, Kitsch grew up in Vancouver where he still lives when not on set.

Best known for his role as football player Tim Riggins on the TV series Friday Night Lights, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s Hot 100 in 2009 and Variety Magazine listed him as one of ten actors to watch in 2011.

A former BCHL hockey player for the Langley Hornets, Kitsch is also a professional model who has worked for Abercrombie & Fitch and Diesel. According to his bio on IMDB, he is also the youngest ever cover model featured in Men’s Health magazine.

Kitsch can be seen in feature films like Gospel Hill, John Tucker Must Die, Snakes on a Plane, Battleship, Savages, John Carter and The Covenant. He also played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and starred in True Detective with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.

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