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Mark Wahlberg Happening for Shyamalan Thriller

Mark Wahlberg has signed on to star in M. Night Shyamalan's THE HAPPENING for 20th Century Fox. The studio has set the worldwide release for Friday the 13th of June 2008. Wahlberg will play a father who must protect his family during an apocalyptic threat to humanity. Shyamalan wrote the original screenplay, and produces with Sam Mercer and Barry Mendel. Production will begin in Philadelphia in August.

"Friday the 13th has very distinctive, global connotations, which make it the ideal launching pad for this frightening thriller," said Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution, 20th Century Fox.

"Mark has a unique blend of charisma, humanity, authenticity and skillfulness as an actor," said Shyamalan. "All of which coalesced at this moment in his career, making him the perfect person to take on the role of Elliot Moore, the science teacher at the center of this event."

THE HAPPENING is being co-financed by 20th Century Fox and India's UTV. Fox is distributing the film worldwide, except in India, where UTV will handle its release.

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