Wahlberg, Kitsch & Foster Up for the Navy SEAL Film 'Lone Survivor'
Relativity's active-duty Navy SEAL film Act of Valor scored at the box office this past weekend, proving Americans still love war movies. Battleship director Peter Berg is certainly hoping that's the case, because he's prepping a new Navy SEAL film called Lone Survivor that's based on the memoir of Marcus Luttrell. Now Deadline reports Berg is looking to cast the four-member squad that will propel the film, and along with the previously announced Taylor Kitsch, he's now hoping Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster will join his ranks. Wahlberg would play Latrell, who becomes the lone survivor after an ambush in Afghanistan.
Berg's relationship with this film is personal as he camped with a SEAL team in Iraq for a month before he wrote the script, and Universal promised he could make Lone Survivor if he directed Battleship first. This will mark the first time Wahlberg will portray a soldier in the Middle East since Three Kings, which really put him on the map as an action star, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him put his natural leadership and charisma on display to lead a team into action. Foster and Kitsch seem born to play soldiers, and Berg has covered some of this territory before in The Kingdom, so it sounds perfect to me.