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Mark Wahlberg signs up to be an ‘American Desperado’
Mark Wahlberg: Actor, rapper, coke dealer, "American Desperado."
The star has signed on to star in the new film from director Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights," "Battleship"), based on the book "American Desperado: My Life -- From Mafia Soldier To Cocaine Cowboy To Secret Government Asset" by former criminal Jon Roberts and Evan Wright ("Generation Kill").
Roberts was an NYC-based gangster who was smuggled guns, cocaine and cash for the Medellín Cartel in the '80s, and was later linked to the CIA. He was the subject of the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys."
Oscar-winning "The Departed" screenwriter William Monahan adapted the book. Paramount Pictures is hoping for a start early next year, according to Deadline.
Wahlberg and Berg recently worked together on the upcoming war film "Lone Survivor," which will hit theaters sometime in 2014.
Wahlberg was recently seen in Michael bay's "Pain and Gain" and will reunite with the director for "Transformers 4."