Mark Wahlberg to Star in True-Life Dog Tale 'Arthur the King' for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

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Mark Wahlberg

Michael Brandt, who penned movies such as '3:10 to Yuma' before going on to co-create the 'Chicago Fire' TV franchise, wrote the script.

Mark Wahlberg is going to the dogs.

The actor has signed on to star in Arthur the King, a true-life adventure story for Paramount Players.

Mark Canton (300) and Tucker Tooley (Den of Thieves) are producing, along with Courtney Solomon and Tessa Tooley.

The project will adapt the Mikael Lindnord book Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home, which told the true story of a Swedish adventure racer who won the hearts of millions when he and his team adopted Arthur, a badly wounded but big-hearted stray dog who tagged along with them during an epic endurance race in Ecuador.

Wahlberg will play Lindnord.

Michael Brandt, who penned such movies as 3:10 to Yuma before going on to co-create the Chicago Fire TV franchise, wrote the script.

Brandt is also executive producing with Lindnord and Dorothy Canton.

Paramount continues to bet on Wahlberg, who starred in two Transformers movies as well as the Daddy's Home comedies. His last big-screen effort, Instant Family, was also for the studio, and he is prepping to star in the Paramount action movie Infinite, which is heading toward a fall start date.

Wahlberg recently wrapped shooting Good Joe Bell, a drama from Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) which also has Connie Britton in the cast.

Wahlberg is repped by WME, Leverage Management and Sloane Offer. Brandt is repped by Industry Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.