Mark Wahlberg to Star in American Desperado

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Fresh off the production of their upcoming war drama, Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have decided to work together again. According to Deadline, the pair have signed on for American Desperado, an adaptation of a nonfiction crime book by the same name. The Departed‘s Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan wrote the screenplay. 

Written by criminal Jon Roberts and journalist Evan Wright, the book American Desperado tells the true story of Roberts’ experiences in the illegal drug trade in Miami during the 1980s. Before its 2011 publication, Roberts was the subject of the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. At this point, not too much else is known about the film adaptation of American Desperado, but the full title of the book certainly suggests the potential for an action-packed adaptation: American Desperado: My Life from Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset.

So, at the very least, it looks like this will be another violent crime movie for Wahlberg. We’re curious to see who else will join the cast. Berg and Wahlberg’s other project, Lone Survivor, hits theaters in January. 

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