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In the modern noir Broken City, Mark Wahlberg plays a former police officer turned private investigator who finds himself up to his neck in scandal while tailing the mayor’s wife because she’s suspected of infidelity. As you might have guessed, it gets much worse than that.
Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones are on board for Broken City, with the former playing the government official who hires Wahlberg’s character. Now Variety reports that Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez have signed on to play two female leads in the thriller that will be directed by Allen Hughes (From Hell). Tal has been tapped to play Wahlberg's assistant in the film, while Martinez in on board as the Departed star’s girlfriend. Lucky her.
Of the two, Martinez has some police-procedural experience, having just wrapped work on the cop drama End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick. As for Tal, she recently signed on to the FX pilot Powers. Broken City sounds like it has potential. I’m anxious to see Wahlberg opposite Crowe in a battle of glares. And though Marky Mark has stocked his resume with action thrillers over the years (his latest, Contraband, hits theaters in January), he rarely mails in his performances and even went out of his way to poke fun at fellow action star Tom Cruise for “performing” his own stunts. Always entertaining.
Broken City, as of now, opens on Jan. 18, 2013.