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

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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.

Producer Avi Lerner Provides Update on Female EXPENDABLES Movie, THE EXPENDABELLES; Plan to Begin Filming Early Next Year

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I want a good female Expendables movie.  If The Expendables movies are built on nothing but fan-casting (and let’s be honest: they are), then there’s no reason it can’t be done with the many women who have excelled in action films.  However, context is incredibly important, and the plot for Robert Luketic‘s planned “The Expendabelles“, might be disturbingly insulting.  According to a Deadline report from February, the story has a promising start with the main cast being a group of elite mercenaries brought into rescue a nuclear scientist.  Here’s where it could get really, really bad: “The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.”  That’s right: Luketic and writers Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah might have considered a plot that has female ass-kickers going undercover as whores.  Very empowering.

At the recent press day for The Expendables 3, producer Avi Lerner provided an update on the upcoming spin-off.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Luketic to Direct THE EXPENDABELLES, Plus the First Plot Details on the All-Female Actioner Emerge

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Over a year ago, we reported that the Millennium Films all-female actioner, The ExpendaBelles, landed Legally Blonde scribes Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz.  Now, it looks like the screenwriters will reunite with that film’s director, as Robert Luketic has reportedly come on board.  Although this picture was originally set up to be a women’s answer to Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables movie series, some feminist fans may not be too happy with the film’s logline.  Hit the jump for more.

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