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Mark Wahlberg to star in REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 6th, 2009

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is set to star in Working Title's REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM, a remake of one of Iceland's most critically heralded films of the same name. Oskar Jonasson's original film from last year is Iceland's official submission for this year's foreign-language Oscar. It has already won five EDDA Awards, Iceland's main national and TV film awards (think Oscars meets the Emmys), including Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The new script is being written by Aaron Guzikowski, who is currently working on Warner Bros.' PRISONERS (which was previously set to star Wahlberg). Baltasar Kormakur, who produced and starred in the Icelandic original, is attached to direct the remake.

REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM follows "a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems." Interestingly enough, this new version "likely will be relocated to other places." I vote for FRESNO-FERNLEY, named of course after the famous route between California's breadbasket and Nevada's other bustling metropolis (no, not Vegas, not Reno, not Carson City - beautiful Fernley!).

Wahlberg will next be seen in THE LOVELY BONES and DATE NIGHT. His boxing drama, THE FIGHTER, is currently in post-production.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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