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Wahlberg eyes ‘Corruptor’ pic

“Boogie Nights” star Mark Wahlberg is in final negotiations to co-star with Chow Yun-Fat in the James Foley-helmed “The Corruptor” at New Line Cinema.

According to sources, the film would amount to a $2 million payday for the former rapper known as Marky Mark.

Pic would reunite Wahlberg with helmer Foley, who directed the rising young talent in “Fear.” “Corruptor” was written by Robert Pucci and will be produced by Illusion Entertainment’s Dan Halsted.

“Corruptor” is a cop drama about an Asian police officer (Yun-Fat) who has fallen under the influence of a Chinese gangster and is teamed up with a rookie cop (Wahlberg) who appears to follow in his corrupt footsteps — but actually is working undercover as an internal affairs officer.

The film is slated to begin production in February.

With the heat of “Boogie Nights” propelling his career, Wahlberg has been offered several high-profile roles recently, including Universal’s “The Green Hornet,” in which Jason Scott Lee is attached to co-star and Michel Gondry is set to helm. And he had been offered a role in the Imagine Entertainment and Illusion production “Red, White, Black and Blue,” which also is set up at Universal.

Though he reportedly has been in talks for the role, Wahlberg will not co-star with Nicolas Cage in Columbia’s “8 Millimeter,” which Joel Schumacher has been mentioned to direct; nor will he co-star in “Boondock Saints” for Miramax.

“Corruptor” makes the third film Wahlberg will have done for New Line, after “The Basketball Diaries” and the current “Boogie Nights.” His other credits include his bigscreen debut in “Renaissance Man” and the recent release “Traveler.”

Wahlberg is repped by David Schiff of UTA and his manager, Steve Levinson of Leverage Communications.

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