File under “only in Hollywood,” Mark Whalberg has been tapped to lead a cinematic adaption of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.
Wahlberg, best known for his roles in Boogie Nights and Transformers: Age Of Extinction, will star as Mike Williams, a manager who was aboard the rig during the Macando well blowout, Stack said.
Gina Rodriguez, star of the hit CW comedy “Jane the Virginia,” is set to co-star.
The script was adapted from a New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and was penned by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand.
The story will follow Wahlberg and his crew mates during the 48 hours leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
J.C Chandor, director of the 2011 financial thriller Margin Call, is set to helm Deepwater Horizon, Deadline said.
The film is being produced by Summit Entertainment and Participant Media and will hit theaters on September 30, 2016.
The Deepwater Horizon trial is currently in the final penalty phase.
BP is now facing up to $13.7 billion in fines for violations of the Clean Water Act after a federal judge determined the government’s spill size estimate was too large.
Earlier this month BP released a report that found portions of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill are returning back to their pre-spill condition.