The Friday Night Lights Cast: Where Are They Now?

We’re pretty sure Taylor Kitsch has broken a lot of hearts in his day, especially on the beloved series Friday Night Lights, where he played the smoldering jock Tim Riggins for five unforgettable seasons. So, it’s no surprise that after yesterday’s remarks regarding a rumored Friday Night Lights movie, Kitsch has once again left us feeling inconsolable. "I'll just say no." he told Vulture. "No, period. I'm not doing it. I'm never gonna be in that movie. There was already a movie! And the show ended f***in' spot-on. We're good."
So much for that.
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But, for the millions of fans who were hoping for a big-screen reunion of their beloved Dillon Panthers Lions, we bring you the next best thing. Here’s a rundown of where you can catch all your favorite FNL alums on screens both big and small. Though some have been more successful in navigating their post-FNL careers than others, it’s nice to see that Hollywood’s still got love for what was undoubtedly one of the best ensemble casts in the history of television.
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Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor)

Although he may never reach Clooney heights of post-boob-tube movie stardom, Chandler has landed crucial roles in marquee movies like Super 8, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty by doing what he does best: playing the stoic, fatherly moral center — Coach Taylor hallmarks that made him one of the most beloved television characters of the last decade.

Where you can see him next: Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, where he’ll play another do-gooder, federal agent Patrick Denham.
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Michael B. Jordan (Vince Howard)

In terms of breakout years, they don’t get much bigger than the one Jordan just had, thanks to his gut-wrenching performance as the doomed inner-city teen Oscar Grant in the Sundance darling Fruitvale Station. Anyone who saw him play tortured star QB Vince Howard on FNL knew Jordan could act, but to deliver one of the best performances of the year in his first leading role? Something tells us Coach would be proud.

Where you can see him next: As Zac Efron’s bro in That Awkward Moment, a young Apollo Creed in the Rocky prequel Creed, and Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch in the The Fantastic Four reboot. Mr. Jordan, welcome to the A-list.
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Jesse Plemons (Landry Clarke)

We never thought Plemons would ever get to play a more iconic character than the lovable, aw-shucks, dweeb-next-door Landry. Then we met Todd, Breaking Bad’s ice cold, kid-killing sociopath and poof! All of our memories of good ol’ Landry Clarke were obliterated like a group of meth-dealing Nazis in a desert outhouse.

Where you can see him next: As a still-unnamed character in the upcoming, as-yet untitled Lance Armstrong biopic. We hope he plays the steroids.
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Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity)

While Minka Kelly definitely broke some hearts as Dillon’s resident prom queen, she wasn’t exactly the Meryl Streep of the bunch. Still, Kelly deserved a better fate than the campy thriller The Roommate and the lazy Charlie’s Angels reboot, which was cancelled after just one season.

Where you can see her next: As detective Valerie Stahl in Fox’s new futuristic cop show Almost Human. We’re hoping it meets a better fate than Angels, and with J.J. Abrams behind the wheel, we’re guessing it will.
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Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins)

No one had more leading-man potential coming out of the FNL gates than Kitsch, who just oozed rugged charisma as Dillon’s bad-boy-with-a-heart. But, after top lining three epic misfires in John Carter, Battleship, and The Savages in just one summer, Kitsch’s pole position as Hollywood’s next great heartthrob seemed to be in jeopardy.

This Christmas he’ll look to get back on track as a Navy lieutenant in the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Lone Survivor. Early reviews have Kitsch stealing the show.

Where you can see him next: Kitsch will finally get to flex his dramatic muscle as an AIDS-stricken homosexual who lives a double life in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO movie A Normal Heart.
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Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen)

Perhaps no other FNLer was given more to do than Gilford, whose reluctant hero Matt Saracen had to raise his fading grandmother and reconcile with the parents that abandoned him, all while dealing with high school stuff like love, sex, and football. But, for some reason, Hollywood has continued to sleep on this incredibly gifted performer. We’re sorry, but throwaway roles in Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand and Fox’s dreadful The Mob Doctor just won’t cut it.

Where you can see him next: As an expectant father to the spawn of Satan in next year’s thriller Devil’s Due. It’s Gilford’s first leading role and, hopefully, the first of many.
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Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette)

For a while there, it looked like Palicki was poised to become Hollywood’s next great action heroine, which seemed like a natural progression after her spot-on turn as Dillon’s flawed but resilient beauty Tyra Collette. But, when her awful-looking Wonder Woman pilot didn’t get picked up and her role in last summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation went largely unnoticed, Palicki changed directions. Unfortunately, her indies Coffee Town and Dr. Cabbie didn’t fare much better.

Where you can see her next: She gives action another go as the female lead in the Keanu Reeves-starring revenge thriller John Wick.
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Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor)

None of the FNL ladies have done their talents justice since graduating from Dillon, and especially not Teegarden, who got to flex her considerate acting chops often as Coach’s daughter. Sadly she's been relegated to generic teen schlock like Scream 4, Prom, and Love & Honor.

Where you can see her next: Opposite AnnaSophia Robb and Douglas Booth in next year’s inspirational teen sports drama Life at These Speeds. Sounds about right.
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Connie Britton (Tami Taylor)

It looks like mother really does know best, at least when it comes to picking projects. Since making us all better human beings as Dillon’s nurturing matriarch, Britton has starred in not one but two hit series, first in the inaugural season of American Horror Story and now as country music’s grand dame in ABC’s hit soap Nashville.

Where you can see her next: As part of a star-studded cast that includes Rose Byrne, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda in the comedy This Is Where I Leave You.
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