Mark Wahlberg In Talks To Star In John Grisham Adaptation The Partner

In most of his movies Matthew McConaughey comes across as a goofy stoner doofus, but for some reason whenever he wears a suit and steps into a court of law it's always great. It, of course, started with A Time To Kill all the way back in 1996, but even in last year's The Lincoln Lawyer the actor managed to sell himself as an attorney. Now it looks like Mark Wahlberg is taking a page out of McConaughey's book as he's stepping away from the action movies and R-rated comedies to make a John Grisham adaptation.

Variety is reporting that the actor is now in talks to star in The Partner, a legal thriller based on Grisham's 2005 novel. The story follows Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a law firm who devises a way to cheat his company: he fakes his death, steals a fortune, and moves to Brazil. But while Mark Wahlberg is in the midst of making a deal, the project has some major gaps to fill. John Lee Hancock, who is best known for directing the Oscar-winning drama The Blind Side, was originally attached to both write and direct the adaptation, however, the trade says that is no longer the case. New Regency, which is backing the film, is currently looking for someone else to helm and draft a screenplay.

I haven't read the book, but this doesn't really sound like Grisham's typical fare. It will be interesting to see if that is still the case when it makes its way to the silver screen.

Eric Eisenberg
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