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Is Mark Wahlberg the latest celebrity to catch Bieber fever? A few months ago, Ashton Kutcher was talking about making a TV show with the teen sensation, and now Wahlberg has revealed that he and Justin Bieber are pitching a movie. Specifically: a basketball movie.
Wahlberg told Vulture on Wednesday that he and Bieber were in talks with Paramount to make a drama about a "reluctant mentor in an inner-city environment." Deadline then revealed that the story would center around street basketball. So if we had to venture a guess, we'd say that Wahlberg will play a grizzled former hoops champion, and Bieber will play an unlikely up-and-comer who teaches him how to love the game again. Valuable lessons will no doubt be learned. More importantly: Bieber will get to show off his real-life basketball skills.
"The tone of the project is described as The Color of Money meets The Karate Kid," says Deadline's reporter, "and it came out of Wahlberg and (producer Stephen) Levinson seeing Bieber play ball in February during a celebrity game held during NBA All-Star Game weekend."
During that game, the 5-foot-five Canadian teen played surprisingly solid ball, earning him the title of team MVP!
Kind of makes sense that Wahlberg, 39, would see something in Bieber, 17 -- after all, "Marky Mark" Wahlberg was once a teen MTV sensation himself. But if you're hoping the two of them will rap together during pick-up games, then you're in for a let-down.
"I will not (sing and dance) and neither will he," Wahlberg says emphatically. "(I could if) I had to, but I've, you know, that's the last resort. I've worked really hard to get away from that whole thing, but you never know. I may just end up coming back full circle."