Mark Wahlberg is in negotiations to take over for Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua's upcoming Infinite. Evans reportedly had to bow out of the action thriller due to a scheduling conflict in the last few weeks. The Avengers: Endgame star signed on to the project back in February of this year, which is an adaption of D. Eric Maikranz's novel The Reincarnationist Papers. Evans is currently trying to get fans back into theaters to go see Endgame again this weekend in an effort for the project to become the highest grossing movie of all time.
The release date for Paramount's Infinite was recently announced as August 7th, 2020 and that date will more than likely remain, but with Mark Wahlberg on board instead of Chris Evans. D. Eric Maikranz's novel The Reincarnationist Papers centers on troubled main character Evan Michaels, a man who is haunted by memories of two past lives. He later stumbles upon a centuries-old secret society of people similar to himself who make up the Cognomina. The Cognomina is a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives. Michaels wants to become a member of the secret society.
The Infinite screenplay was written by Ian Shorr. If Mark Wahlberg ends up officially taking on the role, he will be playing main character Evan Michaels in the highly anticipated movie. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the project with Mark Vahradian. John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions is also producing, with Rafi Crohn executive producing. Wahlberg is a favorite of Paramount, so this news shouldn't really come as a shock to anybody.
It is believed Chris Evans' scheduling problems have to do with his upcoming Apple TV series, Defending Jacob. The actor is coming off of a long run as Captain America for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and after Endgame, it looks like he may be finished for good. He and Robert Downey Jr. were adamant about leaving the party before they were asked to leave and fans knew the end was near before Infinity War and Endgame hit theaters in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Now that his tenure with the MCU is over, Evans is highly sought out by just about everybody in Hollywood.
Antoine Fuqua's Infinite has been highly anticipated since it was first announced. The Reincarnationist Papers has been called "mesmerizing" and there has been quite the buzz over Ian Shorr's spec script. Pair that with Fuqua's vision and now the potential casting of Mark Wahlberg and the movie has the chance to be a late summer hit in August 2020. With that being said, there was a lot of excitement to see Chris Evans in a big role outside of the MCU. One has to wonder if potential fans will be as accepting of Wahlberg taking on the role. Variety was the first to report on Mark Wahlberg replacing Chris Evans in Infinite.