Principal photography began Monday on “Deepwater Horizon,” a new film chronicling the heroism of those aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig during its final hours of operation.
The film recounts the 48 hours leading up to the Macondo well blowout that killed 11 people and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Mark Wahlberg, star of the latest “Transformers” installment, will play Mike Williams, a manager who was aboard the rig when disaster struck in April 2010.
Whalberg will be joined by Kurt Russell and John Malkovich, who has been tapped to play a BP executive responding to the disaster.
The star studded cast will be rounded out by Kate Hudson and Gina Rodriguez, star of the hit CW comedy “Jane the Virgin.”
The script was adapted from the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and was penned by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand.
The film is being produced by Summit Entertainment and Participant Media and is slated for release on September 30, 2016.