As much as there are certain actors I really enjoy watching on-screen, I also enjoy seeing unfamiliar faces and discovering new talents, whether in leading or supporting roles, so I’m quite happy to hear the relatively-unknown Gina Rodriguez is in talks to co-star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg‘s Deepwater Horizon, according to The Wrap.
Rodriguez took home a Golden Globe earlier this year for her role in “Jane the Virgin“, a show I’ve briefly read about but never seen. Other than that, her oeuvre consists primarily of roles in independent films and shorts, as well as non-recurring roles in other television shows, so I’m interested to see what qualities she’ll bring to the project, though it’ll be quite some time before we see the film given its September 30, 2016 release date.
As for other actresses vying for the role, Kristen Stewart was closest to hopping aboard before Rodriguez took the driver’s seat, but it is believed Stewart chose to pass on Deepwater Horizon due to scheduling conflicts between it and the film she is working on with Kelly Reichardt, although some outlets have reported Stewart was ultimately the runner-up to Rodriguez, scheduling conflict or not.
Deepwater Horizon will be Berg’s second collaboration with Wahlberg after 2013’s Lone Survivor, a film I personally wasn’t a huge fan of but didn’t particularly mind either. J.C. Chandor was previously attached to helm the project, but dropped out due to creative differences.
Centered on the true events of the April 20, 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Deepwater Horizon chronicles the courage of those who worked on the rig and the extreme moments of bravery and survival faced during what would become one of the largest man-made disasters in history.
No other casting details exist at the moment, which isn’t surprising considering the film isn’t set to hit theaters until next year, but I’m excited to see what Rodriguez brings to the table and I like seeing Wahlberg in serious roles, so I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.