I stand by what I said in my review of Lone Survivor: I don't think Mark Wahlberg can headline his own film -- certainly not a drama. But clearly Hollywood does as I'm hearing that he's the star behind J.C. Chandor's (All is Lost, Margin Call) newest film, DEEPWATER HORIZON. After seeing both of Chandor's aforementioned films (I preferred Margin Call), I can honestly say that it takes a strong actor to really do his stories justice (otherwise they can come off very, very distant and inaccessible).
So, needless to say, I am a bit concerned about this casting. The film is based on the true story of the events surrounding the oil rig explosion that occurred in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. More in the official synopsis:
From Summit Entertainment. Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.
You may remember that Lone Survivor was also a true story. So...yeah. I can only hope Wahlberg does better with this one. But hey, here's some good news: Screenwriters Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) and Matthew Carnahan (Showtime's House of Lies) helmed the script, which may be a great thing (this will mark the first film Chandor has directed and not also written).