Mark Wahlberg (Ted 2) is no stranger to starring in action-thriller blockbusters based on true stories, as evidenced by his past work with director Peter Berg (Battleship) on the 2013 Iraq War drama Lone Survivor. Keeping that past working relationship in mind, the upcoming biographical disaster drama Deepwater Horizon will see Wahlberg and Berg united once more in the making of a feature film based on the infamous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010.
Based in part on the article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours" published by The New York Times, the new movie will chronicle the actual events surrounding the ecological disaster and their immediate ramifications. Wahlberg will lead the cast alongside co-stars Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner), Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), and Kate Hudson (Kung Fu Panda 3).
In the first official poster featured below, distributor Summit Entertainment (by way of ComingSoon.net) offer viewers a stunning first look at the movie's exploding oil tanker. Based on Wahlberg and Berg's past work in bringing the events of the Iraq War to thrilling cinematic life, the personal story of Mike Williams (Wahlberg) is sure to thrill and entertain when Deepwater Horizon finally sees theatrical release later this year.
Check out the first official poster for Deepwater Horizon below:
As seen in the latest full length trailer, Deepwater Horizon is set to tell the story of one of the worst ecological disasters in human history. Berg has become something of a Hollywood superpower when it comes to producing big budget action-thrillers, and his latest feature will hopefully find a place among his better movies.
Wahlberg is sure to bring plenty of warmth and pathos to the proceedings of Deepwater Horizon, which could very well serve to establish a cinematic experience well worth the cost of admission come time of the film's theatrical release later this September. Only time will tell whether or not the film will live up to its grandly stated intentions, but with any luck Berg will manage to corral his cast and crew in the telling of a filmed story that will prove more than honorific of the sacrifices made by the actual crew members of the ship back in 2010.
Deepwater Horizon will see theatrical release in the U.S. on September 30, 2016.