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Mark Wahlberg Lands Gainful Italian Employment

Schedule conflicts prevented Mark Wahlberg from starring opposite his buddy George Clooney in "Ocean's Eleven" so now he's making a heist picture of his own. Variety says Wahlberg will star in a remake of the 1969 film "The Italian Job." Wahlberg will play the leader of a crime crew, Charlie Croker, who concocts an elaborate plan to steal gold bullion by creating the biggest traffic jam in L.A. history (OJ Simpson is not part of the cast). Variety says the remake won't have as much comedy as the original, but one carry-over will be the use of Mini Cooper cars during the heist. Director F. Gary Gray ("The Negotiator") begins filming Aug. 3.

More information on the original "Italian Job" is available at this fan site.

Posted by Mac on April 11, 2002 03:55 PM
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