Mark Wahlberg Is An 'American Desperado'; Garrett Hedlund Set for 'Tron 3'

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Someone forgot to tell Mark Wahlberg that the end of the year is for winding down. Earlier this week, he announced plans to produce a thriller about “hacking”, and now he is set to star and produce Paramount new drug trafficking thriller. American Desperado, based on the book American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy, centers on real-life criminal Jon Roberts (Wahlberg), who made millions smuggling cocaine into the U.S. for a major drug cartel. The project reunites Wahlberg with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), who will rewrite the script. [Deadline]

Disney is fast-tracking Tron 3, and they’re bringing Tron: Legacy’s leading man with them.

Although he was originally signed for a multi-picture deal, it was confirmed Thursday that Garrett Hedlund will reprise the role of Sam Flynn in the threequel, currently being rewritten by Jesse Wigutow. Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is also set to return for the film. [NextMovie]

Fans of this year’s Taken 2 will be happy to know that the film’s director has lined up his next action-filled project. Olivier Megaton will direct Taking Gotham, a fact-based story about a secret unit of NYPD officers created in response to a series of brutal robberies in the city. When an operation goes south, the unit is disavowed and they must go off the grid to prove their names. Production is schedule to begin early 2013. [Deadline]

The final trailer for Oscar-favorite Zero Dark Thirty was released on Thursday. The film, directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, follows the CIA’s relentless hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain plays the CIA’s point person in charge of the Bin Laden search, and the new trailer highlights the actress’ compelling performance which anchors the film. Watch below!

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