Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg may star in BP oil disaster film

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• Mark Wahlberg may star in the BP oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]

• Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Mack Bolan novel series and is reportedly looking at Bradley Cooper to star as the anti-terrorist operative, originally created by Don Pendleton. Writer Shane Salerno (Armageddon) will adapt the character for screen with Cooper potentially working with The Hangover director Todd Phillips again. [Deadline]

• The landmark Stanford Prison Experiment by Dr. Philip Zimbardo will finally make its way to the screen after being in development for more than a decade. Billy Crudup will star as Zimbardo with Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Michael Angarano (The Knick) also cast. The film is about the classic psychological experiment that divided students up as either prisoners or guards in the summer of 1971. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) will direct. [The Wrap]

• Actress and model Cara Delevingne may have some fun in the sun as the female lead in the Beach Boys-themed musical All Summer LongCraig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) are producing alongside John Stamos. The film will incorporate Beach Boys songs into a fictionalized story by Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich) directed by Michael Sucsy (The Vow). [The Wrap]

• James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Anne Dudek (Mad Men), Michael Bowen (Breaking Bad), and Amiah Miller (Clementine) have all entered the horror-thriller House by the Lake. Adam Gierasch (Autopsy) will direct the story by Josh Burnell (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) that follows a loving yet troubled family on vacation and the mysterious friend who may or may not be real that the autistic 10-year-old daughter begins to fixate on. [The Wrap]

• Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal has been cast in two upcoming films. First, she’ll play the wife of Judge Reinhold in the basketball drama My Many Sons about legendary NCAA coach Don Meyer. Ralph E. Portillo will direct from a script by Carol Miller. Next she will star opposite C. Thomas Howell in Blue Weekend about fraternal twins separated at birth and raised in two extremely different California communities. O’Neal will play a government-employed scientist and adoptive mother to one of the boys with Howell as her husband. The coming-of-age film written by Anastazja Davis will be directed by Carl Colpaert. [The Wrap]

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