Mark Wahlberg stars in this week’s big release, Deepwater Horizon, and it’s not the only thing he has in the pipeline. We look forward to seeing what upcoming movies he has.
Peter Berg’s upcoming disaster thriller Deepwater Horizon gives faces to the men and women who were aboard the titular drilling rig when it was rocked by an explosion. The blast ignited a fireball visible from 40 miles away, led to 11 casualties and created the largest oil spill in American history.
Mark Wahlberg plays Deepwater Horizon’s southern-drawled crewman Mike Williams. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, the film also stars Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, and Kate Hudson.
In cinemas September 30
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Wahlberg teams up with Peter Berg once again in another true disaster story, this time focusing on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Wahlberg stars as Boston police sergeant Tommy Saunders, who sets out on a race to find the bombers before they can attack again. John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan also star.
Patriots’ Day is an annual state holiday that falls on the third Monday in April. The holiday was first declared in 1894, and the Boston Marathon has been held on Patriots’ Day each year since 1897. In 2013, the celebration was marred by tragedy when two terrorists set off bombs near the finish line. Three civilians died at the site, and hundreds more were injured. A manhunt ensued over the next few days, resulting in the death of one perpetrator and the capture of the other.
The film has been given a release date that allows it to qualify for awards season too.
Patriots Day is one of several Boston Marathon bombing dramas coming down the pipeline. David Gordon Green recently wrapped Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany. There’s also Boston Strong, which has been stuck in development for the past few years with Casey Affleck and Daniel Espinosa signing on and signing off at different points. But Patriots Day will arrive first: it’s scheduled to open December 21 in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston before rolling out nationwide on January 13, 2017, in America. It will land in UK cinemas January 27.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Michael Bay’s blockbuster series has earned a staggering $3.7 billion worldwide to date, so there’s no chance of them giving up on the franchise just yet. That’s why we’re getting the fifth film in 2017, Transformers: The Last Night, and we don’t expect it to be the last either.
The key members from previous films are still here — director Michael Bay, actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel — but there are also some new additions. On the acting front, we have comedian Jerrod Carmichael joining the series along with young Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner.
From a post on Michael Bay’s Instagram account, it’s also been revealed that Megatron — the leader of the Decepticons — will apparently return in the new Transformers movie. But that’s as much as we know about the plot so far.
The film is expected in cinemas June 2017.
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Daddy’s Home 2
The ending of Daddy’s Home certainly suggested that there would be a sequel, and it looks like it is coming. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will return as Brad and Dusty. Beyond that, not much has come forward in terms of plot details or information as to where the story may go from here.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have proven time and time again that they have incredible chemistry with one another, first in the 2010 comedy The Other Guys, then again with Daddy’s Home, and – perhaps most importantly – behind the scenes during the marketing campaigns for both films. Wahlberg’s macho tough-guy persona perfectly balances out Ferrell’s manic man-child tendencies, resulting in a comedy that can cover a wide range of tones and audiences.
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New David O Russell movie
After working together on I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings and The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg and David O Russell are to reteam for a fourth film: a biopic of an athlete who became a priest.
During a Facebook Live post recorded on Wednesday, Wahlberg revealed that the pair were working on a screenplay about Father Stuart Long, a former boxer and aspirant actor who found God.
“David O Russell and I right now are working on developing a script on Father Stu,” said Wahlberg, “who was an amazing priest from Helena, Montana.”
He continued: “He was a very tough guy who was a fighter, a football player … anything but a spiritual guy. He found his calling, and decided, after falling in love with a woman, that he wanted to become a priest. He suffered from this horrible muscular degenerative disease but was still ordained as a priest and passed away, but not before he was able to inspire thousands upon thousands of people.”
Long, who died aged 50 in 2014 of muscular degenerative disease, was a promising prize-fighter who turned to acting after undergoing reconstructive surgery. But he became disillusioned with the industry and, after a serious motorcycle accident, retrained as a priest.