The new trailer for the latest Mark Wahlberg movie titled Deepwater Horizon was just released this week, and it offers a look at the upcoming movie about the 2010 oil rig explosion that killed eleven people and caused one of America’s worst environmental disasters.
The movie also stars Kurt Russell (Furious 7, The Hateful Eight), Academy Award-nominee John Malkovich (RED, Burn After Reading), Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf), Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), and Academy Award-nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Nine).
The movie tells the story of what is known as the world’s largest man-made disaster that occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded near the coast of Louisiana, springing a leak that would flow for another 87 days (making it the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history).
Of the 126 crew members on board at the time, 11 were killed and another 17 were injured. Berg’s film follows the courageous men and women who tried to prevent the disaster, and then, when the worst happened anyway, valiantly worked to save their colleagues.
This story “honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever,” says the studio behind the film.
In the trailer we see Wahlberg’s character Mike Williams, an employee aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig having breakfast with his daughter and his wife played by Kate Hudson, explaining how offshore drilling works.
‘My dad is Mike. He works on a drilling rig that pumps oil out from underneath the ocean,’ Wahlberg’s daughter recites.
‘That oil is a monster, like the mean old dinosaurs all that oil used to be,’ she explains in a semi-accurate account of how petroleum is formed. ‘So for 300 million years those old dinosaurs have been getting squeezed tighter and tighter and tighter.’
To illustrate, she takes a shaken can of Coke and inverts it, before stabbing a metal straw trough the bottom, as the trailer cuts to the doomed oil rig doing the exact same thing to the ocean floor and then the disaster starts happening.
After that, we see some snippets of more dramatic scenes as well, as the crew begins to realize something’s off — and then they start running around in terror after the oil rig explodes.
Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming on the film, directed by Peter Berg from Matthew Michael Carnahan’s script. In 2011 the companies acquired feature rights to the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” written by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.
“I want to make a film about people,” Berg said. “… Everybody knows that there was a horrible environmental disaster. Everybody knows that a lot of animals were killed. But what people don’t know is 11 men were killed and many more were injured and there were some real heroes on that rig. That was a very compelling human story — and that’s the story we all want to tell.”
Lionsgate is set to release Deepwater Horizon via its Summit Entertainment label in North America on September 30, 2016.
You can watch the full teaser trailer below: