Actress joins Wahlberg in Shyamalan film

Zooey Deschanel has inked to star with Mark Wahlberg in M. Night Shyamalan’s 20th Century Fox thriller “The Happening.”

Helmer’s “Unbreakable” and “The Sixth Sense” producer Barry Mendel will produce with Sam Mercer.

Story concerns a man who takes his family on the run when an apocalyptic natural crisis threatens to end civilization; lensing starts in August in Philadelphia.

Deschanel’s credits include “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Failure to Launch” and the upcoming “Surf’s Up” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

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