Mark Wahlberg to Replace Chris Evans in Paramount’s ‘Infinite’

Mark Wahlberg is in negotiations to replace Chris Evans in Paramount’s upcoming action thriller ‘Infinite.’ Directed by Antoine Fuqua from a screenplay adapted by Ian Shorr, the movie is based on the 2009 novel ‘The Reincarnationist Papers’ by D. Eric Maikranz, reports Variety. Evans signed on to the project in February and failed to meet date requirements due to his busy schedule.

‘Infinite’ centers on the ancient secret society called the Cognomina, which is a collective of people who can reincarnate again and again and recall their past lives! When a schizophrenic young man learns that the harrowing visions are memories from his past lives, he decides to enroll in the ranks of society, where the members are called ‘The Infinite.’ When an evil mastermind plots a deadly scheme against mankind, the young man becomes pivotal in the defense of The Infinite.

John Zaozirny will produce the movie along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures. Rafi Crohn serves as executive producer. Wahlberg was last seen in the comedy ‘Instant Family’ from Paramount and the 2018 action thriller ‘Mile 22.’ Directed by his long-time collaborator Peter Berg, ‘Mile 22’ featured Walhberg as James Silva a.k.a Child 1, a former USMC Force Recon war veteran who is on a mission to raid Russian bastion in the U.S. He played the lead alongside John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, and Ronda Rousey in the movie.

Wahlberg’s upcoming projects include Netflix’s ‘Wonderland’ directed by Peter Berg and ‘Good Joe Bell,’ a drama feature directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The actor will lend his voice to the superhero character the Blue Falcon in the animated Scooby-Doo film ‘Scoob’ from Warner Bros.

Fuqua is known for the 2001 cop-drama film ‘Training Day’ starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Washington garnered widespread critical acclaim for his performance as Detective Alonzo Harris. The role also brought him an Academy Award for Best Actor, while Ethan Hawke got a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Fuqua’s recent projects include ‘The Equalizer 2’ and ‘American Dream/American Knightmare.’

Chris Evans reportedly dropped the project because of scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Apple TV series ‘Defending Jacob.’ Based on the novel of the same name by William Landay, the crime-drama series will feature Evans as a desperate father who grapples with the accusation that his 14-year-old son Jacob is a murderer. The series is created by Mark Bomback.

‘Infinite’ is expected to start filming in September 2019.

Cover Image Courtesy: STX Films (Mile 22).