'2 Guns' to bring Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton back to NOLAThe crime thriller "2 Guns" will be bringing some big guns to New Orleans this summer. The big-budget, Universal Pictures-backed project is set to shoot in town in June with a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton.
Between them, Wahlberg, Washington and Patton are responsible for three of the biggest action films of the past six months, in "Contraband," "Safe House" and "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," respectively.
"2 Guns," with a reported budget of $80 million, will mark a return to the city for all three actors.
For Wahlberg, it will be his third stint in New Orleans in just two years. Earlier this year, he wrapped on the political thriller "Broken City," with Russell Crowe; and in early 2011, he shot the crime drama "Contraband" in town.
Washington and Patton co-starred in the locally shot, locally set 2006 thriller "Déjà Vu."
Emmett/Fulra Films, a near-constant presence in the Louisiana film industry over the past few years, is producing.
"2 Guns," which will reunite Wahlberg with "Contraband" writer-director Baltasar Kormakur, tells the story of a DEA agent and a Navy intelligence officer who -- assigned to investigate each other -- realize that they are pawns in an elaborate mob scheme.
It is based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant and, after splitting time between New Orleans and New Mexico, is scheduled for release in late 2013, according to Variety.
"2 Guns" is one of the newer additions to the most recently released state-issued listing of film and TV projects either shooting, or preparing to shoot, in Louisiana.