'Deepwater Horizon' movie starts shooting
NEW ORLEANS - Filming started Monday on the set of "Deepwater Horizon," the moving about the 2010 BP oil disaster.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg (pictured), Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson. The script is based off a New York Times report in December 2010 outlining the events leading up to the explosion and spill.
"The story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history," producers said in a prepared statement Monday.
With their statement, producers also released a picture of Wahlberg in character. He is portraying Mike Williams, an electronics technician who survived the Deepwater Horizon disaster, WWL TV reported on its website.
Eleven people were killed and 17 people were hurt when the rig exploded. Oil spilled into the Gulf for weeks until the leak at the bottom was capped.
The movie is set to premiere in September 2016.
In March, producers solicited people with experience in the drilling industry to work as extras on the movie.
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