Mark Wahlberg in Talks for DEEPWATER HORIZON; Sigourney Weaver Joins A MONSTER CALLS, Passes on EXPENDABELLES

     August 19, 2014


The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man.  All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role.  The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit.  The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie.

sigourney-weaver-a-monster-callsAdditionally, Heat Vision reports that Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of the Patrick Ness children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls.  The story revolves around a 13-year-old kid named Conor who, in an effort to relieve stress brought on by bullying and his mother’s terminal illness, escapes to a fantastical world thanks to a tree monster.  Felicity Jones is already set to play the mother, Liam Neeson is playing the monster, and now Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother.  The film will hit theaters on October 14, 2016.

Also embedded in Heat Vision’s report is the news that Weaver recently passed on starring in the “female Expendables” movie The Expendabelles.  Though I’d love to see a female-led Expendables film, this one that’s currently in development goes about the central conceit all wrong.  To be directed by Robert Luketic, the story revolves around a group of female operatives who must pose as “high-class call-girls” in order to save the day.  The film mistakes empowerment for “sexy and kick-ass”, so it’s not hard to see why Weaver passed.  Maybe try getting, I don’t know, a female writer and/or director to craft the “female Expendables” movie, then you’ll have something worthwhile.

Weaver will be seen later this year in the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings and also stars in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film Chappie, opening next year.  She’s also poised to start shooting Avatar 2, 3, and 4 early next year.

  • Sam

    Sigourney deserves better if that’s the way the female Expendables is going -glad she won’t be part of it. That movie concept sounds horrible.

  • chiplit

    Kathryn Bigelow or Lexi Alexander would have made The Expendabelles kick ass.


      there is absolutely no way bigelow would ever direct that film

  • RedMercury

    Considering how well “Sucker Punch” did, I’m not sure sexy babes in skimpy outfits kicking butt is really a path to success.


      im pretty sure sucker punch had a whole lot more wrong with it than just that

  • DEADP00L

    Waste of time. She deserves actual serious roles that reflect her actual intelligence – not insult it.

  • Strong Enough

    lmaooo that logline gets me every time i read it. high class hookers bwawa

  • RiddleThemThis

    The plot for expendabelles sounds like it could be an entertaining film, just not the plot you would want to see for a female equivalent of the expendables.

  • cb

    I think you lost her at ” . . . pose as high priced call girls”.

  • Pernell Whitaker

    I loved A Perfect Storm, and enjoy most Wahlberg movies, looking forward to checking out this oil rig flick…

  • the king of comedy

    Expendabelles was an awful idea, and the only female actresses good enough to bring some interest were her and Linda Hamilton, since Weaver`s not in this they should cancel the idea inmediatly

    • RiddleThemThis

      While Weaver and Hamilton may be at the top of everyone’s lists, there is still other good action ladies out there, i.e. Angelina Jolie, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucy Lawless, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Q, Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, etc…

      Though with this kind of plot, they’re probably better off casting a bunch of bimbos rather than action icons.

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