Mark Wahlberg to Star in J.C. Chandor's 'Deepwater Horizon' Drama

August 19, 2014
Source: Deadline

Mark Wahlberg

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?

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  • Brian Sleider
    I am sure this wont be overtly and overly political..................
    • mrdob
      like how? as in the slimey corp refused to pay 20,000 dollars for a safety valve? and then 11 people died? and then congress passed a bill that said they only have to pay 80 million if they destroy half the ocean? that kind of political?
  • Jon Odishaw
    I don't know if transformers was a misstep per se. We all knew it would be mediocre at best and we all knew it would make a killin at the box office. But I'm sure he made plenty of money.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    I didn't feel myself stupid after seeing Transformers 4 :(
    With a beard Marky Mark looks really blue collar. Interested.
  • Xerxexx
    I'm down.
  • mrdob
    11 people died. and the disaster killed huge numbers of wildlife. it also destroyed peoples livelihood. and noone went to jail. in fact congress passed a law that corps must only pay up to 80 million in a disaster. after this happened. because they CARE. sure. so the movie will show some of the doomed men before they died horribly. they should make it in 3d though. because it's a disaster movie ,




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