Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale to star in CONTRABAND
Arnaldur Indriðason is an almost-legendary crime novelist from Iceland, and one of his novels, Jar City (also known as Tainted Blood and Mýrin in Iceland), was brought to film (as JAR CITY) back in 2006 and is now getting a remake for the U.S. Another film from the mind of Indriðason is also getting the American treatment. This remake, based on the Icelandic hit REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM, which Indriðason co-scripted, is now called CONTRABAND.
Last year it was announced that Mark Wahlberg was going to be one of the talents helping to bring this remake to life, with him producing it. Now, Latino Review has announced that not only will Mark Wahlberg be producing CONTRABAND, but he will be starring in it as well, along with Kate Beckinsale.
Interestingly enough, Baltasar Kormakur, who produced and starred in the original Icelandic version of REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM, is now reported to be directing the Wahlberg version of CONTRABAND.
Wahlberg's character is a former smuggler turned security guard, and when financial woes are upon him, he is tempted to go back to his former lucrative (but highly illegal) life. I have not seen the Icelandic version, but it was an Oscar entry and Indriðason is amazing (I am currently reading Jar City).
Aaron Guzikowski is writing the script, but there is no word yet on when filming will begin, or what Beckinsale's role will be, but this film will no doubt create tremendous hype within its wake.