Belfast Telegraph

Mark Wahlberg to be Lone Survivor?

Mark Wahlberg could be getting into uniform to play a Navy SEAL in war thriller Lone Survivor.

The Contraband star is said to be in talks alongside John Carter newcomer Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster to play the lead roles in the big screen adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's book, reported Deadline.

Peter Berg is on board to direct the film, which tells the harrowing story of how Marcus and his Navy SEAL teammates battled to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan by Taliban forces in 2005, during a covert mission to kill a terrorist leader.

Mark, who could also be a producer, is tipped to play Marcus, while Taylor and Ben would be cast as team members.

Filming is expected to get underway in the autumn.

Peter, who directed The Kingdom and the upcoming Battleship starring Taylor and Rihanna, wrote the Lone Survivor script after shadowing a SEAL team for a month in Iraq.

"Bin Laden's death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honours and pays homage to an incredible group of bad**s guys who do this," he told Deadline.

"The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film," he added.


From Belfast Telegraph