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Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi to join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in the thriller Contraband

12.02.2010
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A couple of years ago, Icelandic thriller REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAMN was released, and it was produced, co-written, and starred Baltasar Kormakur (who directed the recently released INHALE). Now, according to Variety, Kormakur will direct a remake of that very same film to be called CONTRABAND.

Already aboard are Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, and now Ben Foster (THE MECHANIC) and Giovanni Ribisi (THE RUM DIARY) are currently in talks to join them. Variety says the story "follows a security guard played by Wahlberg, who after running into some financial troubles decides to go on one more smuggling run." Which could be the same logline for so many thrillers we've already seen, though the Icelandic original is said to be a pretty strong film (it was that country's submission for last year's Best Foreign-Language Oscar).

CONTRABAND will begin production next month and already has a release date set for March 16, 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: Great actors these two. Nice to see them together.
Source: Variety

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6:50PM on 12/02/2010
This is a really great cast. Despite his performance in Avatar, Ribisi is one of the best actors today and Foster was great in Yuma and Pandorum. I'm very excited. I guess I'll check out the original now.
This is a really great cast. Despite his performance in Avatar, Ribisi is one of the best actors today and Foster was great in Yuma and Pandorum. I'm very excited. I guess I'll check out the original now.
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3:45PM on 12/02/2010
Ribisi looks like Michael Keaton in that picture..

Anyway, I will pretty much see anything Ben Foster is in
Ribisi looks like Michael Keaton in that picture..

Anyway, I will pretty much see anything Ben Foster is in
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10:08AM on 12/02/2010
Two of the better character-actors working right now.
Two of the better character-actors working right now.
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9:43AM on 12/02/2010
Ribsi and Foster are two very underrated actors and like JoBlo said, should be fun to see them "bounce" dialogue off one another.
Ribsi and Foster are two very underrated actors and like JoBlo said, should be fun to see them "bounce" dialogue off one another.
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9:21AM on 12/02/2010
Mark Wahlberg, why does your name insist on turning up in the cast lists of movies that could have more potential if you weren't in them?
Mark Wahlberg, why does your name insist on turning up in the cast lists of movies that could have more potential if you weren't in them?
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9:02AM on 12/02/2010
I hope Ben Foster doesn't do his Brad Dourif impression, which he does for any movie he plays a psycho in.
Someone should tell him that Michael Shannon has taken that mantle.
I hope Ben Foster doesn't do his Brad Dourif impression, which he does for any movie he plays a psycho in.
Someone should tell him that Michael Shannon has taken that mantle.
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7:28AM on 12/02/2010
Love the original film, great script and also funny. And now with this cast. I'm definitely giving this a chance
Love the original film, great script and also funny. And now with this cast. I'm definitely giving this a chance
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5:28AM on 12/02/2010
how about i just watch the original
how about i just watch the original
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5:13AM on 12/02/2010
This film will be a bundle of nervous energy with these two, but should be good.
This film will be a bundle of nervous energy with these two, but should be good.
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