Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in a new thriller from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment called Deepwater Horizon. The film will be based on the BP oil rig explosion that took place off the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. The explosion caused the largest accidental oil spill in human history and was the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The story will be adapted from a New York Times article called “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” which "highlights the courage of those who worked on the oil rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others."
According to Deadline, Wahlberg would take on the role of the No. 2 manager on the oil rig, and the film will give audiences an account of what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disastrous explosion. "It revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public." Wahlberg seems like the perfect actor for a role like this.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the film, and they are looking to start production in late spring/early summer. It should make for a great movie.