Wahlberg, Kitsch & Foster Eye Peter Berg’s LONE SURVIVOR

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Deadline is reporting that Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are in talks to play three of the four leads in Peter Berg’s Afghan war drama ‘Lone Survivor.’

Based on the book by former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, ‘Lone Survivor’ tells the harrowing story of how Luttrell (Wahlberg) and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader.

Berg was inspired to write the script after embedding with a SEAL team for a month in Iraq, and was planning to shoot the film two years ago, but Universal Pictures made a deal with the director: direct ‘Battleship’ and then follow with ‘Lone Survivor.’

Talking last year, Berg said: “Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honours and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this. The film will be a bit like Black Hawk Down, but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.”