Mark Wahlberg Pushes Drugs for Paramount

Paramount has set Mark Wahlberg to star for Peter Berg in an untitled fact-based drug dealer drama.

According to Variety, Wahlberg would play Jon Roberts, a decorated Vietnam vet who became an important cog in the Medellin drug cartel, smuggling more than $2 billion in cocaine into the country, helping to supply the rich and famous with their nose candy.

If the story sounds familiar that may be because Roberts was one of the focuses of Billy Corben's 2006 documentary "Cocaine Cowboys."

In addition to directing, Berg and Sarah Aubrey will produce through their Film 44 banner, while Wahlberg will also produce with partner Stephen Levinson.

No writer has been assigned to the project, though Roberts' life rights have been secured.

That would put the drama a ways back on Wahlberg's slate. In addition to his production duties on HBO's "Entourage" and "In Treatment," the Oscar nominated actor has finished work on M. Night Shyamalan's summer thriller "The Happening."

Now shooting "The Lovely Bones" for Peter Jackson, Wahlberg is expected to co-star with Brad Pitt in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fighter." He's also previously been linked to the video game adaptation "Max Payne."

Berg, meanwhile, directed last fall's "The Kingdom" and is now putting the finishing touches on "Hancock," starring Will Smith.

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