Mark Wahlberg will be starring in The Partner, an adaptation of John Grisham’s 1997 — and it’s about time he got in on the game. In fact, it’s almost shocking that Wahlberg hasn’t starred in a Grisham flick already. It’s a rite of passage for Hollywood’s handsome, action-prone leading men of mainstream cinema culture to sooner or later take the starring role in a Grisham adaptation. Consider the author’s past heroes: Tom Cruise in The Firm, Denzel Washington in The Pelican Brief, Matt Damon in The Rainmaker, Tim Allen in Christmas with the Cranks. Welcome to the gang, Wahlberg.
Tardiness aside, Wahlberg does seem an appropriate fit for The Partner hero Patrick Lanigan, a lawyer (it’s about lawyers this time!) who gets involved in his firm’s scheme to defraud the American government out of millions of dollars. Wahlberg has played both sides of the law before, taking cop in The Departed, Max Payne and The Other Guys, criminal in The Big Hit, The Italian Job, Date Night, and the classic “something in between” in Shooter, The Corruptor and Four Brothers.