Justin Bieber and Mark Wahlberg Collaborating on New Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:01 pm,

Mark Wahlberg has been keeping busy since The Fighter became a critical and financial hit this past winter. He’s starring in Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut, Ted, and intends to re-collaborate with David O. Russell on several projects, including Uncharted and Cocaine Cowboys. It turns out that the Oscar-nominee has another, unexpected collaboration in mind as well.

Wahlberg let it slip that he and Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber are putting together a film over at Paramount – one that will apparently be serious in tone and won’t involve any sort of dancing or singing.

Vulture has the scoop on this news, and Wahlberg provided them with the following bit of information:

“[The film will be] more of a drama. It’s interesting, right? You want to know. They’ll probably announce it. They may announce it fairly soon … [I play] kind of like a reluctant mentor [to Bieber's character] in an inner-city environment. You know, I don’t want to say.”

Deadline has some additional details about the project, which will reportedly revolve around street basketball. The tone of film “is described as [Martin Scorsese's] ‘The Color of Money’ meets ‘The Karate Kid’,” so… it’ll be part underdog sports drama, part teacher-student character study, then? Moving on…

Bieber’s curious rise to fame was (sort of) chronicled earlier this year in the musical documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Wahlberg has long been quite open about his admiration for the 17-year-old singer/songwriter, calling him “quite talented” and claiming “The world needs Justin Bieber. Justin Bieber is like the white Tupac. Compared to a lot of people.”

Passing over Wahlberg’s thoughts about Bieber (it’s for the best), there is the inevitable question: Will Bieber’s fifteen minutes of fame include more than just his time as a teen pop music star? The obvious answer is “no,” of course, but then again – who would’ve thought that the leader of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch would go on to have a legitimate acting career and become a highly-respected player in Hollywood?

That’s not to say that Bieber is at all in a position to become… er, the next Mark Wahlberg, so to speak, but it does raise the question: could this kid have staying power? I personally don’t feel any particular fondness for his music, but I also know I’m not a member of his target demographic. He’s a pop star who is more than ripe for mocking, no doubt, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with the fact that Bieber has found success – and if we’re being honest, the kid does actually have some talent.

Bieber isn’t even a legal adult yet, so who knows – maybe as he grows up he’ll mature into a formidable leading man of the screen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a real long shot right now, but crazier things happen all the time, right? Right?

What do you think of Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber joining forces together onscreen?

Source: Vulture

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  1. id rather______ then watch this.

  2. I really don’t want to see Bieber in a movie, but well… i suppose it’s because of the grossings they will get.

  3. Justin Bieber is 17???

    • Shocking, I know, but still true. 8-)

  4. I HATE Justin Beaver…if he becomes a movie star it will trully be disgrace to the art of the cimena

  5. This would have totally worked as a aprils fools post.

    Now its real,,,

  6. I can totally see Justin Bieber cast as young John Connor a few years from now in the Terminator reboot.

    After the Arnold sequel tanks the franchise. :)

    • That’s actually horribly plausible, 790, and that’ll be the point at which I stick my head in a fishtank and close the lid… :-(

  7. I see Mark Wahlberg is still taking advice from Dwayne Johnsons old agent and getting him parts like he did for the Rock in the Tooth Fairy.

  8. And we shall call this movie Bieber Crap the must NOT see movie of the summer

  9. or year as far as that goes

  10. What is it with you and Justin Bieber and female masseuses fascinated by your BIG backside, “Johanna”? You posted this exact same cobblers verbatim only the other week. How about you bog off and get a neck massage from the Boston Strangler?

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  12. This should be good :D and in a beliber so this should be really good :D