If you like your star-studded action movies based on horrifying environmental disasters that actually happened, then make sure you’re sitting down because Mark Wahlberg has a gift for you.
Wednesday marked the arrival of the trailer for Deepwater Horizon, Wahlberg and director Peter Berg’s dramatization of the 2010 oil spill that became the worst accident in the history of the drilling industry. British Petroleum was ultimately found responsible for the catastrophe, but there is no mention of that in the trailer, which is framed around the star. In the film, Wahlberg plays an electrician who works on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, detailing his job to his doting daughter and wife, played by Kate Hudson.
Those scenes — in which Wahlberg and Hudson’s daughter likens her dad to Dora The Explorer — are interspersed with the growing dread that accompanied by the lead up to the explosion and subsequent calamity. There is talk of “mean old dinosaurs” and shots of a concerned looking Kurt Russell and an incredulous-seeming John Malkovich as well as an American flag lit up by a massive explosion in the foreground. All this as Wahlberg uses a soda can to demonstrate to his daughter exactly how oil drilling works before it sprays out its contents, foreshadowing the disaster about to unfold.
Deepwater Horizon, which also stars Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, hits theaters on Sept. 30.