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Mark Wahlberg for oil disaster film

Mark Walhberg is in early talks to star in a film about the BP oil disaster.

Deepwater Horizon will be directed by JC Chandor - who made the acclaimed Robert Redford drama All Is Lost - and is based on the events of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The Hollywood Reporter has said Mark is "fielding an offer" from Lionsgate to star in the movie as a manager on the rig who tries to save his men.

The disaster began in April 2010 when the rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 crew members and resulting in the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Matthew Michael Carnahan, who penned Brad Pitt zombie movie World War Z, wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Mark is said to be in early talks with Lionsgate but no official deal has begun.

Deepwater Horizon is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura who recently worked with Mark on Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which has grossed over one billion US dollars worldwide (£600 million).

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