Mark Wahlberg is one of the biggest stars alive, and as such, he is constantly sought for roles both big and small. Now, the popular actor’s career is taking a turn, one that will move him away from the blockbusters he has been part of in recent years and closer to smaller, faith-focused movies.
Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is temporarily moving away from making blockbuster movies and instead pivoting to faith-based films. At least, that’s what he is doing with Stu, a new faith-centric flick directed by first timer Rosalind Ross. It is based on a true story and is apparently hits close to home for Wahlberg.
Mark Wahlberg is reportedly very excited to work with the director, whom he says is a great new talent. He has also signed on to co-produce the film with Stephen Levinson and Jordan Foss. Miky Lee and Colleen Camp will serve as Stu‘s executive producers.
In addition to his starring role in Stu, Mark Wahlberg is set to appear in the highly anticipated, oft-delayed Uncharted film alongside Tom Holland. But in terms of the blockbusters he has already appeared in, he was featured prominently in Michael Bay’s latter two Transformers movies, as well as in Scoob! and numerous others.
As you can probably tell, Mark Wahlberg can play all kinds of different characters. He is incredibly versatile. Far more so than many give him credit for. He played football legend Vince Papale in the 2006 sports film Invincible, Sgt. Sean Dignam in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Captain Joseph “Joe” Grusinsky in We Own The Night, Elliot Moore in The Happening, and Max Payne in the 2008 film Max Payne.
Given all of those performances—along with the many others not mentioned—it would not be fair to say that Mark Wahlberg only acts in blockbusters. Sure, that is what many casual moviegoers will know him from, but there is so much more he has done that warrants a viewing or three. What’s more, just the fact that he is willing to try his hand at being in a faith-based movie illustrates how open he is to growing in and adapting to challenging roles.
Given his ability to play different kinds of people with wildly different quirks and personalities, it will be interesting to see how Mark Wahlberg adapts to this very different, thematically distant role. Not much is known about his new movie beyond what we mentioned above, but with such high-profile talent involved, you can bet we will be hearing more about Stu very soon. It will be really exciting to see what he brings to this new role.
If this news gets you so pumped for a new Mark Wahlberg performance that you medically have to go watch one of his movies, revisit him in Spenser Confidential, Pain and Gain, or any of the other countless films he has helped elevate.