Mark Wahlberg to Star in J.C. Chandor's 'Deepwater Horizon' Drama
After saving the world from giant robots earlier this summer, but not saving movie-goers from making themselves more stupid, Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg will remain a little more grounded with his next project. Deadline has word that Wahlberg is currently in talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, the drama about the headline-making oil rig of the same name which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic oil spill, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Exxon Valdez oil spill incident back in 1989. Wahlberg will play the second manager in command on the oil rig in the story about what happened in the 48 hours leading up to the explosion and what followed immediately after.
Margin Call writer and director J.C. Chandor is behind the camera for the film based on The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” highlighting the courage of those who worked on the oil rig when it exploded, resulting in the death of 11 people and injuring 16 more. The most recent version of the script comes from World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan, with Matthew Sand writing the original script. Despite his misstep with Transformers, the actor has still proven to be a diverse star, moving in and out of different roles in films like Ted and The Fighter. And don't forget, he already dealt with disaster at sea in The Perfect Storm. Could this get him back on the radar for awards season when the time comes?