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Wahlberg a Drug Dealer

Published January 18, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety.
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Any time I discuss a film to be directed by Peter Berg I usually open with a defense for the director. Like (let's say) Michael Bay, Peter Berg is a polarizing figure. Some people don't like his style or his films and, then again, some people absolutely love the work he does.

I am part of the latter, hence why I open with my defense.

Stepping away from crazy action and Saudi terrorists, Peter Berg will direct an untitled film based on the life of international drug dealer Jon Roberts, whose rise and fall was chronicled in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
But who to play Roberts?

Mark Wahlberg a Drug Dealer

Mark Wahlberg will play the title role in Peter Berg's biopic.

After returning from Vietnam as a decorated soldier, Roberts headed to Miami in the late '70s and formed a relationship with the Medellin drug cartel, distributing cocaine worth billions of dollars. Wahlberg will play Roberts, who was turned in by a cohort and served a decade in jail for his crimes.

Wahlberg is currently finishing up Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and will next get in front of the camera for Darren Aronofsky in The Fighter.

No script is available for the project just yet, but expect some wheels to begin rolling once the WGA strike ends.

Peter Berg last directed The Kingdom and is currently finishing up Hancock.

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