The new movie is said to be quite close to Wahlberg's heart and we cannot wait for it to release.
We rarely get the opportunity to see an A-list actor starring in a movie that praises the Lord. It has almost become a dream to see this refreshing sight but that won't be the case for long because Mark Wahlberg is all set to begin production of a film surrounding the concept of religion and faith. What's more, it was apparently his idea! According to Deadline, Wahlberg's upcoming feature film is named Stu and its production will start in April. Although there aren't many details about this faith-based drama, the Ted actor is said to have been developing his movie for a number of years now.
Wahlberg, who has otherwise been quite busy, recently finished shooting Sony's adaptation of Uncharted alongside actor Tom Holland which had been in the works for years. He also wrapped up the Lionsgate drama Arthur The King and Infinite, which is set to be released in September. As someone whose schedule is filled years in advance, an opening right at the top of the year isn't something that comes along often. Thus, the star used this opportunity to get on with the shooting of Stu, a film that is reportedly close to the actor's heart. The movie is said to be loosely based on a true event.
Apparently, there's another reason behind Wahlberg pushing to get started with the production of Stu. The Pain & Gain actor was highly impressed with the first-time filmmaker Rosalind Ross and felt that he has finally found the right person to direct the story he has wanted to realize onscreen for some time now. Ross is said to be making her directing debut with the movie, the script of which was written by her. The movie will be produced by Wahlberg alongside his producing partner and manager Stephen Levinson and Jordan Foss. Colleen Camp and Miky Lee will be executive producers of the drama.
While the plot of the story is still under the wraps, Wahlberg did speak about it during a Facebook Live nearly five years ago, according to IndieWire. The script is reportedly based on an athlete-turned-priest Father Stuart Long, who starts out as "anything but a spiritual guy" but eventually finds his calling and becomes a priest even in the developing stages of a muscular degenerative disease. The story is said to be an example of unconditional faith that helps one overcome difficulties in life. We cannot wait to see how this film turns and how it is received by people everywhere.
There are chances that the faith-focused film might be judged by many but Wahlberg does not seem to be too worried about what others are thinking while publicizing the faith he has. Last year, around this time, the Instant Family star took to Twitter to wish everyone a "blessed Palm Sunday." Appearing on TODAY, he said he was not afraid of telling his Hollywood colleagues about being a man of faith. "Look, I will not hide the fact that I love the Lord and I want to be committed to serving the Lord, but I also don’t jam it down anybody’s throat," he said. "But it’s better to never have known God than to deny God. I mean, that’s not a good look. That’s not a good look."
He went on to emphasize the power of prayers and how he frequently adds the names of others while praying. "If I see somebody in public eye, or that I read in the newspaper somebody that’s struggling, somebody that has a child that’s having a health issue, stuff like that, I add them to my prayers, and I usually ended up keeping them in my prayers," he shared. But the actor noted that while he favors faith-based education, he would be tolerant of his kids' choices when they grow up. "With my kids I want to be an example to my children they know they’re getting a faith-based education but I don’t force them to go to church." Instead, he wants them to ask him about his faith. "With me, they know that it’s not even an option for me to not go to Mass or to not take my time to pray and to do those things," he added.