Report: Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Star in ‘Deepwater Horizon’

Mark Wahlberg attended the press conference for the worldwide premiere screening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 22 in Shanghai, China.
Mark Wahlberg attended the press conference for the worldwide premiere screening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 22 in Shanghai, China.
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Mark Wahlberg may be heading into murky waters for his next big-screen role.

Deadline reports that the Dorchester native is in talks to star in the film “Deepwater Horizon,” based on the disastrous 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the website, Wahlberg will play the No. 2 manager on the ill-fated rig.

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The script, written by “World War Z” scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan, is an adaptation of The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” which detailed the moments leading up to the explosion. 11 people were killed and 16 others were injured in the incident, which resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in this country’s history.

The U.S. is still coping with the aftermath of the 2010 explosion, as recent studies have shown that the spill has had a much bigger impact on the Gulf of Mexico’s marine ecosystem than previously expected.

Wahlberg is currently in the Bay State filming “Ted 2,” the sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s hit 2012 comedy.

“Deepwater Horizon” is being helmed by director J.C. Chandor and is slated to start production late next spring or early next summer.

(h/t The Boston Globe)