Ed Burns will produce and co-star in the movie, which Doug Atchison is writing and directing
“Prometheus” star Logan Marshall-Green and hockey-loving actor Wyatt Russell are finalizing deals to play former Boston Bruins Derek Sanderson and Bobby Orr in Doug Atchison's indie movie “Turk,” which counts Ed Burns among its producing team.
Atchison (“Akeelah and the Bee”) is writing and directing the film, which Shep Harmon is producing via his Tenth Green Productions banner along with Burns and Aaron Lubin of Marlboro Road Gang. Chris Pappas wrote an earlier draft of the script.
Nicknamed “Turk,” Sanderson was a talented but troubled member of the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins in the early 1970s. His career was derailed by drugs and alcohol, and the film will chronicle his downward spiral and how superstar teammate Orr helped him get his life back together.
Burns will co-star as Sanderson's father, who taught his son how to play hockey.
Russell (below right) steps into Orr's skates having played pro hockey in Canada and Europe following a collegiate career at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Marshall-Green (above) is currently training on the ice in preparation for the role, as production is scheduled to start this fall in Boston.
“Turk” has been a passion project for Harmon, who hails from Newton, Mass., and was a close friend of both Sanderson and Orr.
Marshall-Green, who broke out in 2005 following memorable turns on “The O.C.” and “24,” played Noomi Rapace‘s love interest in “Prometheus” and will soon be seen in James Franco‘s “As I Lay Dying.” He's also attached to play Tennessee Williams in the indie drama “Lonely Hunter.” Marshall-Green is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.
Russell, son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, previously played a hockey player who flirts with Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow‘s “This Is 40.” He also starred in Jim Mickle's cannibalism thriller “We Are What We Are” and will soon be seen alongside Liam Hemsworth in the indie movie “Love and Honor.” He's repped by UTA.