Brace yourselves for a double dose of Mark Wahlberg casting news. The Contraband star is currently negotiating to play a Navy SEAL in Peter Berg's Battleship follow up Lone Survivor, based on the novel by Marcus Lutrell. This is of course after he headlines a slew of other projects (Pain and Gain, 2 Guns, etc.) Wahlberg is also on the prowl to get into the US remake of the 2011 Norwegian thriller Headhunters.
Lone Survivor, if Wahlberg joins the film, will see him star alongside Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster as Navy SEALs ambushed by Taliban forces. It should provide healthy competition for Hurt Locker director, Kathryn Bigelow's SEALs story that led to the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Here's a quick IMDB synopsis of Lone Survivor, which will begin production in fall.
Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wing." Four members of SEAL Team 10, were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader, Admad Shad. Marcus Luttrell was the only member of his team to survive.
Wahlberg will naturally play Marcus Lutrell, the "Lone Survivor". After hearing that Berg spent a month with a SEAL in Iraq to research for the film, I can't help but think this film will be bad ass. He wrote the script and compared the story to Black Hawk Down. Very cool.
As for the Headhunters remake, Mr. Wahlberg wants to get in bed with Summit Entertainment who nabbed the English language remake film rights already after the films successful film festival tour.
Here's what Wahlberg had to say about the film.
"I saw a film recently called Headhunters. It's a Norwegian film and it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I met with the director and pleaded with the studio that has the rights so we'll see if we get anywhere with that."
Headhunters is the story of Roger Brown, a corporate headhunter who finds himself being pursued by someone who wants his job more than he does.
Both films sound right up Wahlberg's alley. He seems content with constantly latching on to action roles, but at least he performs well in them. I'm sure he won't have much trouble convincing the Headhunters director to let him headline the film either.