Mark Wahlberg has signed on to star in New Line Cinema's buddy cop comedy Partners. The actor is no stranger to the genre, having starred in 2010's unconventional cop movie, The Other Guys, but this project is said to turn the genre on its ear. There will be no "bromance" between these cops in Partners, but quite the opposite.
The story centers on an LAPD detective (Mark Wahlberg) who has a one-night stand with a beautiful woman. He soon discovers that this woman is actually a high-ranking FBI agent, who is his new boss on a high-profile case. The project has been compared to the 2005 action thriller blockbuster Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Partners is set to feature a number of huge action set pieces.
Evan Turner (The Goldbergs) wrote the screenplay, although the project doesn't have a director attached at this time. With Mark Wahlberg coming on board, though, that could change quite quickly. The actor's producing partner Stephen Levinson will produce through their Leverage Entertainment company. Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, and Michael Disco are overseeing the project for New Line.
The studio is currently searching for the right actress to pair with Mark Wahlberg, so we may be hearing some more news on the casting front quite soon. Mark Wahlberg will next be seen in Daddy's Home alongside Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, Paul Scheer and Thomas Haden Church, which hits theaters on December 25. The actor recently starred in Ted 2, Universal's comedy sequel that hit theaters this summer.
Next up for Mark Wahlberg is the harrowing drama Deepwater Horizon, which is currently shooting and set for a 2016 release. What do you think about Mark Wahlberg's new comedy project Partners? Chime in with your thoughts below.