Wahlberg in Reykjavik-Rotterdam
Mark Wahlberg keeps getting strong roles, he keeps getting multiple chances, and sometimes he does well and makes something of the role, and others he doesn't, but he keeps getting them, and it looks like he's taken another one in the English remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
The remake will be relocated and will be directed by the Icelandic star Baltasar Kormakur who not only acted and produced in the original, but is set to direct the remake.
The plot of the original Reykjavik-Rotterdam centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. The original was co-written and directed by Óskar Jónasson.
With the news that this version will be relocated, it looks as though the countries in the title will change and the border crossing will move elsewhere. Makes sense with Wahlberg taking the lead, I can't see him doing a good Icelandic accent.
To be fair though he has done some strong roles. Four Brothers was good and as I watch The Departed (Filmstalker review) in the background I do think that, despite the odd accent at times, he gives a good performance. Sometimes though his performance is awful, his range of emotion in The Happening (Filmstalker review) was pitiful, but even now he has some interesting films on his line-up, Cocaine Cowboys, a film from Peter Berg and a remake of Sharky's Machine, and now Reykjavik-Rotterdam.