Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Ben Foster are currently in talks to join Peter Berg's next film project, called Lone Survivor. If they are cast in the movie they would play three of four Navy SEALs, and just wait until you read about what it's about.
Lone Survivor will be an adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrel which tells the harrowing true story "of how Luttrell and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader." According to Deadline, Wahlberg would play Luttrell in the film.
Berg is a huge supporter of the military, and I think he will be in his element making a movie like this. It looks like he did a great job with Battleship, and I thought The Kingdom was a solid film as well. I guess we have Bin Laden's death to thank for all of these upcoming Navy SEAL and military films. Berg gave a more detailed description of the story to Deadline in a previous interview saying,
Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.
The mission was similar to the assassination mission that got bin Laden, but things got complicated when they ran into three kids and an old man. Under the rules of engagement, they could have killed them, but they decided to let them go and take their chances, even though they knew these people would likely talk.
Shortly after, the mission had to be aborted when the SEALs found themselves under fire from about 250 Al-Qaeda soldiers. When the dust cleared — and after a rescue helicopter was blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade, 15 SEAL members were killed, and the lone survivor was Luttrell. A massive land assault was carried out, but by then Marcus was brought to shelter by an Afghan tribe that fought off the Taliban until Luttrell could be rescued. The team’s leader, Mike Murphy, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
This sounds like a hell of a badass movie, that I would love to see. I also think that Wahlberg, Kitsch, and Foster would make a hell of a great team in a military movie like this! I'd like to see them get cast, but even if they're not, I'll still be just as excited about seeing the movie. It just sounds like such a great story.
What do you all think about this potential cast for the film?