Universal Pictures, which enjoyed a hit earlier this year with the crime drama Contraband, stayed in the Mark Wahlberg business by signing the star to the thriller The Disciple Program.
Deadline confirmed the deal out of Cannes with Wahlberg co-producing the movie in addition to taking the leading role. Stephen Levinson also joined The Disciple Program as co-producer with Headhunters director Morten Tyldum signing on to direct the script by Tyler Marceca about a man who learns his wife’s death was no accident and sets out to find the people responsible.
Wahlberg recently joined Avon Man, scripted by Allen Loeb from an original idea by Kevin Bisch, about a laid-off car salesman who reluctantly takes a job as an Avon salesman, becomes a top producer and convinces his unemployed pals to jump aboard the Avon bandwagon.
Wahlberg recently signed on to 2 Guns; reuniting with his Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur, who adapted Steven Grant's graphic novel about a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer who are tricked into stealing money from the CIA.
Wahlberg is currently at work on the Michael Bay action comedy Pain and Gain, about a group of bodybuilders caught up in an extortion and kidnapping plot, with Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Dwayne Johnson.
Fans, what do you think of Mark Wahlberg in The Disciple Program?