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Mark Wahlberg starring in drug dealer biopic

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Mark Wahlberg has been tapped for Paramount’s as-yet untitled biopic based on the life of international drug dealer Jon Roberts, whose life was first chronicled in the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Wahlberg will portray Roberts for director Peter Berg (The Kingdom). Roberts headed to Miami in the late 1970s after returning from Vietnam as a decorated soldier. He forged a relationship with the Medellin drug cartel and helped distribute billions of dollars in cocaine before getting turned in by a cohort and serving a decade in prison. Wahlberg is currently shooting Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and will next move on to Darren Aronofsky’s The Fighter with Brad Pitt. The actor will be in theaters on June 13 for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. Berg is currently wrapping up production on Hancock, which stars Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman and is set for a July 2 release. (Variety)

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