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Ben Foster & Giovanni Ribisi Looking To Deal 'Contraband' With Mark Wahlberg & Kate Beckinsale

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 2, 2010 4:10 AM
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With production set to begin in March, things are gearing up for the Universal thriller "Contraband" that already has Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale set to star.

Variety reports that Ben Foster ("The Messenger," "3:10 To Yuma") and Giovanni Ribisi ("Avatar," "The Wonder Years") are in talks to join the film. The project is a remake of Iceland's 2009 Oscar entry "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" and it follows a security guard and former smuggler (Wahlberg) who, facing financial troubles, is roped back into his old life. Foster would play Wahlberg's brother-in-law while there are no details yet on the part Ribisi is circling.

"Contraband" has a $30 million budget and will be directed by Baltasar Kormakur who helmed the Icelandic original. Aaron Guzikowski, who penned the very hot Black List script "Prisoners," wrote the screenplay. It will still be a while before you see this one as Universal has it scheduled for a March 16, 2012 release.

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  • Jay Davis | December 4, 2010 2:45 AMReply

    Please video tape this 30 million being flushed down the crapper so those of us struggling to stay alive can see what it looks like.

  • Tony Davis | December 4, 2010 2:43 AMReply

    Another turkey in the oven. Anything that has Wahlberg in the lead is going to be terrible. Look at the list. One after another of some of the worst movies ever made.

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