‘Deepwater Horizon’ Casts Kurt Russell and Dylan O’Brien Opposite Mark Wahlberg
Teen Wolf and Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien has rapidly become a talent to watch — the young actor was rumored for the part of the new Spider-Man in our post-Andrew Garfield world, and while that didn’t pan out, O’Brien has just landed a pretty sweet gig instead. The actor has been cast opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s upcoming Deepwater Horizon movie, which has also added notable badass Kurt Russell.
Deadline reports that O’Brien has joined the cast of Deepwater Horizon, the new film from Battleship director Peter Berg, while Variety adds that Russell will also co-star. The film centers on the horrible true story of the 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico — the effects of that spill were devastating and remain ongoing. The explosion killed 11 people stationed at the rig, which unloaded oil into the ocean for 87 days straight.
O’Brien will play the role of surviving crew member Caleb Holloway, the youngest member of his team and one of the few who made it out alive, while details regarding Russell’s role are currently unknown. Wahlberg is playing a manger aboard the rig in the film, which will explore what transpired in the 48 hours leading up to the explosion, as well as its devastating effects.
O’Brien can be seen next in The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, hitting theaters on September 18. Russell stars in Furious 7, currently in theaters, and is also starring in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight — along with one hell of a killer mustache.