Play Dirty: Rosa Salazar to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in Shane Black’s crime thriller

Alita: Battle Angel and Maze Runner star Rosa Salazar will join Mark Wahlberg and LaKeith Stanfield in Shane Black’s Play Dirty.

Play Dirty, Mark Wahlberg, Rosa Salazar, Shane Black

Amazon MGM‘s Play Dirty is ready to announce its female lead for director Shane Black’s upcoming film. Joining Mark Wahlberg (The HappeningFather Stu) for Black’s crime thriller is Rosa Salazar (Captain America: Brave New WorldAlita: Battle AngelBird Box). LaKeith Stanfield (NopeSorry to Bother YouKnives Out) also stars, with a script written by Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Chuck Mondry.

According to Deadline‘s exclusive report, Play Dirty focuses on the “professional thief Parker (Wahlberg), who, after being double-crossed and left for dead, sees his hunt for revenge bring with it a shot at the biggest heist of his career. But even with the help of his partner, actor-slash-con artist Grofield (Stanfield), he’ll still need to outsmart a South American dictator, the New York mob, and the world’s richest man if he hopes to stay alive.”

Rosa Salazar’s Play Dirty role remains a mystery. However, the film is inspired by Donald E Westlake’s Parker crime novels, written under the pseudonym Richard Stark. Jules Daly and Marc Toberoff produce, with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey of Team Downey, Black, Mondry, Bagarozzi, and James Skotchdopole executive producing. Additionally, Ezra Emmanuel acts as a co-producer.

Rosa Salazar, while known for her role as Alita in Robert Rodriguez’s criminally underrated Alita: Battle Angel (it’s one of the best movies to watch on the Meta Quest 3), has also appeared in The Divergent Series: InsurgentMaze Runner: The Scorch TrialsMaze Runner: The Death CureBird BoxBrand New Cherry Flavor, Nick Kroll’s adult animated series Big Mouth, A24’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and more.

It’s been a while since Shane Black got behind the camera for a major motion picture. His last film was 2018’s The Predator, starring Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, and Trevante Rhodes. In addition to Play Dirty, Black is slated to adapt Doc Savage for the silver screen. Based on the legendary pulp comic book property, Doc Savage, the man of bronze, was raised from childhood by a team of scientists to become the original “super” hero of the 1930s. A man of great mental and physical strength, he went around the world battling larger-than-life villains.

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Source: Deadline

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.