Mark Wahlberg Negotiating Lead Role in Seth MacFarlane’s TED

     October 25, 2010


A few weeks ago, Brendan brought you the awe-inspiring news that Mark Wahlberg was giving the once-over to the lead role in Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut, Ted (referred to then as Teddy Bear).  Today, you can lay to rest any doubts you may have about Wahlberg’s interest in the R-rated comedy which features a walking/talking/life-sized/computer-generated teddy bear.  According to Deadline, the actor is now in serious negotiations to play the role of the thirty-something Boston man whose childhood stuffed animal/best friend has come to life (a.k.a. the role of a lifetime).

MacFarlane, who penned the script alongside Family Guy scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, will also voice the bear who is described as a “carousing, irresponsible slacker.”  As the story goes, Wahlberg’s potential character is seeing his attempts at maturing constantly detoured by the bear’s adolescent antics.  Story of my life.  Media Rights Capital is financing Ted (which Universal acquired last April) at an estimated $65 million budget.  As for Wahlberg, he can next be seen in David O. Russell’s The Fighter which hits theaters on December 10th.

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  • alex

    It’s too bad that Wahlberg is doing Ted…he just doesn’t fit. what was MacFarlane thinking? It should have been either Seth Rogen, James Franco and best of all Leo DiCaprio…all sure winners. Also Mila Kunis would look great with any of those guys. Wahlberg too macho and lacks sweetness…..

  • stevetheheb

    MacFarlane has a strange fetish with talking animals; I’m starting to worry about him.

  • NP Fernandes

    Wahlberg will sure need this to wake him up, after the boring thing they call The Fighter…