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Mark Wahlberg, Paul Walter Hauser to Star in Farrelly Movie

Mark Wahlberg, Paul Walter Hauser to Star in Farrelly Movie

Mark Wahlberg and Paul Walter Hauser are ready to get their kicks with a new action-comedy movie from director Peter Farrelly.

Farrelly is set to reunite with Amazon MGM Studios on Balls Up, which hails from Skydance. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool & Wolverine) wrote the script for the feature that focuses on two marketing executives who get fired for botching a potential opportunity. While using a pair of free tickets to a big soccer match, their drunken shenanigans cause everyone in the country to start hunting them down.

Producers include David Ellison for Skydance, alongside Wernick, Reese, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Andrew Muscato.

Farrelly is collaborating again with Amazon MGM after directing Zac Efron and John Cena in the studio’s Ricky Stanicky, which debuted earlier this year on Prime Video. Ricky Stanicky marked the There’s Something About Mary filmmaker’s return to comedy after winning an Oscar for his 2018 drama Green Book.

Wahlberg recently starred in AppleTV+’s The Family Plan and can be seen later this summer alongside Halle Berry in Netflix’s The Union. Additionally, his Mel Gibson-helmed feature Flight Risk hits theaters in October from Lionsgate. Wahlberg is repped by WME and Leverage Management.

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Hauser, who recently won an Emmy for Black Bird, voiced a character in Pixar’s smash Inside Out 2 and will appear opposite Matt Damon in Apple’s The Instigators. Hauser’s packed slate of forthcoming projects also includes the Fantastic Four movie and the reboot of comedy franchise Naked Gun. The actor is repped by CAA, Artists First, The Lede Company and Schreck Rose.

Deadline was first to report the news of Walhberg and Hauser’s castings.

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