Bokeem Woodbine, who piqued industry interest for his perf in “Dead Presidents,” has inked to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in TriStar Pictures’ “The Big Hit,” the studio confirmed Wednesday.
Pic, greenlit to shoot in July in Toronto, is about a hit man (Wahlberg) who is burnt out on life. On one assignment he meets and falls in love with his kidnapping victim. Woodbine plays a hit man on the assignment with him.
Kirk Wong is helming the pic.
John Woo, John Eckert and Terrence Chang are exec producing the pic. Ben Ramsey penned the screenplay.
Wesley Snipes’ Amen Ra Films is producing. Lou Diamond Phillips and Lela Rochon also star.
Woodbine recently finished “The Real” for Live Entertainment. Other credits include “Jason’s Lyric,” “Gridlock’d,” the HBO telepic “Strapped” and the upcoming “Edwards and Hunt” for Warner Bros.
Woodbine’s deal was brokered by Risa Shapiro and Nick Styne of ICM. He is managed by Steven Siebert and Bryan Zuriff of Lighthouse Entertainment.