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It looks like the success of Jane The Virgin will soon turn its lead actress Gina Rodriguez into a bona-fide movie star. That’s because the 30-year-old starlet has signed up to star in Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg, a man who knows a thing or two about blossoming into a leading man after starting off in a different medium.
Variety has reported that Rodriguez will take one of the leading roles of Deepwater Horizon, which will revolve around the 2010 explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico of the titular BP rig. This ultimately led to the death of 11 men and injured 17 others as they worked on the platform. The explosion and then subsequent emission of oil continued to emanate for around three months, and it ended up being the biggest oil spill in the history of the United States.
Lionsgate, Participant Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura decided to purchase and develop the film after being impressed by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul’s New York Times article Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour. Mark Wahlberg has signed on to play one of the electricians who was on the rig when the explosion occurred. Meanwhile, Rodriguez will take the role of Andrea Fleytas, and it sounds like it should be quite a doozy part for the young actress as it will give her plenty to explore and sink her teeth into
Twenty-three-year-old Andrea Fleytas was hired to monitor the safety systems of Deepwater Horizon as the oil rig began to explode. During the subsequent investigation to find out exactly what led to this disaster, Fleytas confirmed that she didn’t actually sound the alarm of the impending tragedy because she hadn’t been trained properly.
Deepwater Horizon is actually set up quite nicely. Peter Berg has signed up to direct, and the plot seems right up his alley. Over the last decade Berg (Friday Night Lights and The Kingdom) has consistently delivered hugely entertaining action films, which also delve into more serious issues. And while the fact that he’s about as subtle as a punch to the jaw means that he hasn’t developed into the new Michael Mann (something that he’d actually threatened at the start of his career), it’s still always intriguing to see what he does with his cinematic efforts.
Berg will also be working from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, whose previous credits - The Kingdom, Lions For Lambs, State Of Play and World War Z - suggest that his writing should merge quite well with Berg’s almost sensationalist and highly stylized directing style.
It also helps that Berg and Carnahan have a pretty stellar acting line-up to work with for Deepwater Horizon. In titles like The Fighter, Boogie Nights, and The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg has proven that he’s able to bring his blockbuster presence to more character driven tales, while Gina Rodriguez has turned into one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood thanks to her Golden Globe winning-antics in the acclaimed Jane The Virgin.
We’ll see if Deepwater Horizon can live up to this potential when it is released on September 30, 2016.