Sarasota filmmaker Steve Tatone's idea for "Turk," about the rise, fall and redemption of Boston Bruins center Derek “Turk” Sanderson, continues its journey to the big screen. Logan Marshall-Green will play Sanderson, a goal scoring tough guy, while Wyatt Russell has been cast as Bobby Orr, the hockey icon who helped Sanderson, his friend and teammate, battle back from years of drug and alcohol addiction.
Marshall-Green most famously appeared in "Prometheus" and most recently completed "As I Lay Dying," the James Franco directed adaptation of the William Faulkner novel co-starring Franco and Danny McBride. Russell's credits include "This is Forty" and "Cowboys and Aliens." He's the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Marshall-Green has also appeared in several other films including Brooklyn’s Finest and Across the Universe.
Marshall-Green and Russell join actor Edward Burns, who has already been cast to play Derek Sanderson’s father in the film and who will also serve as producer with Aaron Lubin through their production company Marlboro Road Gang. John Cameron ("Friday Night Lights," "Fargo") and Michael Bassick ("Bernie," "Seven Below") will serve as executive producers. Doug Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee") will direct "Turk," based on his rewrite of a script by Chris Pappas. Tatone now serves as an associate producer on the biopic.
“It’s such a thrill to see an inspirational story like Derek’s given the Hollywood treatment it deserves," Tatone said in a statement. "I knew the moment I met him and saw the road map of his life on his face that his was a tale that needed to be told, and believe me, he held nothing back when we met in Sarasota to discuss the film project over five years ago.
"I was so glad that my initial take on Derek’s experiences both on and off the ice struck a nerve with the right people who came forward to partner with us in an effort to get the film made with name actors, award-winning producers and a fantastic director. I can’t wait to see what Doug Atchison does with this amazing material and I love what he’s done with his version of the screenplay. I’m very proud that an idea I dreamed up walking Siesta Beach is now becoming a major motion picture about my hockey idols – Derek Sanderson and the legendary Bobby Orr!”
"Turk" is expected to be shot on location in Boston later this year.