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Mila Kunis Joins Wahlberg In Max Payne
'70s Show star joins John Moore's latest

10 March 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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It's been a while since Mark Wahlberg was cast in the lead role of John Moore's Max Payne.

November, to be precise. And since then... nothing. Which, we freely admit, had us thinking a) that the project had slipped into development hell, or b) that we had dreamed the whole thing.

Not anymore. For today, Mila Kunis signed on to star alongside Wahlberg in the action thriller, based on the computer game of the same name, famous for its use of interactive bullet time.

The 24 year-old Kunis will play an assassin, hellbent on avenging her sister's death, who teams up with Wahlberg's pain-ravaged cop after he stumbles upon a conspiracy while investigating a series of murders that may or may not be linked to the loss of his family.

It's clearly going to be a laugh a minute, then. But darker fare will be a real stretch for Kunis, who's undeniably talented (and beautiful, obviously), but who has confined herself to comedies thus far on both big and small screens. She'll soon be seen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but she made her name in That '70s Show and, more impressively, on Family Guy, where she's voiced the sardonic Meg Griffin since the show's inception.

There's no news yet on when Moore, the gregarious Irishman who directed The Omen remake and Flight Of The Phoenix, will call 'action' on Max Payne, but we expect it to be soon. Expect more casting announcements in the near future as well.

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RE: Mila Kunis Joins Wahlberg In Max Payne
This is gonna be full of "bullet time" which was played-out years ago. More

Posted by Swoz_MK at 06:17 on 12 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Mila Kunis Joins Wahlberg In Max Payne
WTF?! Looks to young. Why didnt they cast the girl who was the model for Mona in the game? Whats that, Shes not an actress? Who cares! Teach the girl some lines! This is all about the looks and the feel! Love Max Payne so please let this be good! More

Posted by Ecthelion at 01:35 on 12 March 2008 | Report This Post

computergames turning into movies
kool max payne i hear that there ideas for a Gears of War film aswell whats next...... Condemned or manhunt lol should be a good movie xD More

Posted by superseany2 at 23:41 on 11 March 2008 | Report This Post

I hope her character gets more noticed and respect than Meg
She's got a great voice and is fantastic in a thankless role as Meg in Family Guy. I've seen her in comedies (and on tv at that) so it's an odd choice to hire for an action movie character. She is sexy thougth. So expect Mark Wahlberg to speak in a Rhode Island accent and totally ignore Mila Kunis' character. More

Posted by Taz69 at 22:23 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I Wonder?
L: joanna likes films Hmm, she looks like she could play Mona. she looks too young to play Mona. You need to cast a real woman to play that femme fatale role. I really hope they don't mess up this movie. Max Payne 2 is still one of my favorite games. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 17:09 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: but, since when has accuracy been a pre-requisite to write for empire?
RE: 'i'd have been more surprised if they'd got that right...don't worry, it'll be edited later... ...' Yeah, but at the end of the day, they are successful film journalists, and I'm guessing you're not. Who would you rather be? Have a coke and cheer up, you miserable so-and-so you... More

Posted by ashescartman at 14:50 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: This film has been done already.......
L: thehez I think it was Lacey Chabert in the 1st Series t was yes, but she left because she didn't like the shows content. Kunis has been Meg since season 2 onwards. Here's a bit of useless trivia, Kunis was 14 when she got the part of Jackie in that 70's show, she lied about her age and had to snog Ashton Kutcher who was about 20 at the time More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 14:31 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

I Wonder?
Hmm, she looks like she could play Mona. I'm not sure but Mark Walhberg is without doubt Max Payne. I like both of the games and I hope it's faithful for it. Hope for more news and pics soon! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 14:06 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: This film has been done already.......
I think it was Lacey Chabert in the 1st Series More

Posted by thehez at 13:54 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

This film has been done already.......
even if it was before the game was released!!! I implore anyone who can watch Payback (1999) with Mel Gibson and tell me that it isn't exactly the same as Max Payne! In fact I would go as far to say that someone at Remedy saw Payback and thought "you know what lads, that movie would make a fucking good game!!!" Go on, tell me i'm wrong!! More

Posted by RKingston1983 at 12:26 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

but, since when has accuracy been a pre-requisite to write for empire?
i'd have been more surprised if they'd got that right...don't worry, it'll be edited later... More

Posted by magnusbarfod at 11:44 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

I'm glad someone pointed that out instead of me. More

Posted by dunkah at 10:53 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

Family Guy
She did not voice meg since the shows inception someone else did the voice in series one More

Posted by conconman at 10:49 on 10 March 2008 | Report This Post

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