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The casting follows Duke, whose scene-stealing work in Black Panther earned him breakout status, closing a deal to also star in Heroine, an action thriller from Paramount Players. Daniel Casey, who penned the recent grounded sci-fi movie Kin, is set to direct the project, which he also wrote.
The story for Wonderland comes from the New York Times best-selling Spenser book series and follows a man fresh out of prison who is sucked back into Boston’s underbelly while he uncovers the truth about a sensational murder. Duke will play Spenser’s close friend.
Sean O’Keefe penned the screenplay, and Peter Berg will direct. Neal H. Moritz will produce via his Original Film banner, alongside Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Berg under his Film 44 shingle.
Toby Ascher is executive producing alongside Film 44’s John Logan Pierson.
Duke appeared on a handful of television shows such as Person of Interest before being cast as M’Baku, the bellicose leader of a warrior kingdom in Black Panther. He became a breakout character and also appeared in Avengers: Infinity War.
The part served as a launching pad for the actor, who also trampolined to a starring role in Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, Us.
Duke is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.
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