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Mark Walhberg & Paul Walter Hauser To Star In Amazon MGM Action Comedy ‘Balls Up’ From Peter Farrelly

June 21, 2024

Mark Wahlberg (The Family Plan) and Paul Walter Hauser (The Instigators) are set to team on Balls Up, an action comedy that Peter Farrelly will direct for Amazon MGM Studios.

Hailing from Skydance, the film follows two American marketing executives who are fired for blowing a client sponsorship opportunity and decide to use their free tickets to a major soccer match. Their drunken debauchery leads them to be hunted by every person across the country.

Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese (Deadpool & Wolverine) wrote the script. Producers include Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Andrew Muscato, as well as Wernick and Reese.

The project marks the fourth collaboration for Amazon MGM and Skydance and reunites Farrelly with the former on the heels of the acclaimed comedy Ricky Stanicky, starring Zac Efron, John Cena, Jermaine Fowler and Andrew Santino, which debuted on Prime Video March 7.

Most recently starring in Apple TV+’s The Family Plan, also from Skydance, which he also produced, as well as Lionsgate’s Arthur the King, Wahlberg’s upcoming slate at the moment also includes Netflix’s The Union with Halle Berry, out August 16; Mel Gibson’s thriller Flight Risk, out via Lionsgate October 18; and Amazon MGM’s crime thriller Play Dirty from filmmaker Shane Black.

The voice of Embarrassment to Disney/Pixar’s huge summer hit Inside Out 2, Hauser will next be seen in Apple’s The Instigators — which hits theaters August 9 before debuting on Apple TV+ on the 9th — as well as Tony Tost’s directorial debut Americana opposite Sydney Sweeney. Incredibly busy at the moment, he’s also set to star in a Chris Farley biopic for New Line, has started production on Paramount’s upcoming Naked Gun reboot, and has landed a role in Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four. Most recently, he signed on for a role opposite Jeremy Allen White in 20th’s Bruce Springsteen pic Deliver Me from Nowhere.

Wernick & Reese look to have another of the summer’s biggest hits on their hands with Deadpool & Wolverine, which is projected to open to more than $200 million.

Wahlberg is represented by WME, Leverage Management, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Hauser by CAA, Artists First, and Schreck Rose Dapello; Farrelly by CAA, Anonymous Content, and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols; and Wernick and Rheese by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.