Mark Wahlberg to Star in ‘Deepwater Horizon’

by Michelle Preau on August 20, 2014

12-15-mark-wahlberg-ftr-webMark Wahlberg is in talks to star in Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon, a film that would bring the Transformers actor back to New Orleans for his fourth film. Directed by J.C. Chandor, Deepwater is based on the true story of the 2010 BP oil rig explosion that killed eleven men and injured sixteen off the coast of Louisiana. The script was adapted from an article in The New York Times entitled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” which focused on the courage of the workers on the rig when it blew. Wahlberg will play the No. 2 manager on the rig. The film will focus on the forty-eight hours leading up to and the day of the catastrophe. It will shed light on the heroic men that tried to rescue those in the water and share stories unknown to the public.

In the last few years, Wahlberg has spent a lot of time in Louisiana. Last year, he starred alongside Denzel Washington in the shoot-em-up actioner 2 Guns, and opposite Russell Crowe as an ex-cop seeking revenge in the action thriller Broken City. Both of those films were shot in New Orleans for Emmett/Furla Films. In 2012, he starred in the Baltasar Kormakur-directed action film Contraband, a remake of the Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam.

Deepwater Horizon is planning a late spring/early summer start.

Source: Deadline