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article imageJustin Bieber basketball film on way, says co-star Mark Wahlberg

Justin Bieber is on record as saying he expects to be acting in a film sometime in 2012, he's mentioned the summer, and it appears the film will be with star Mark Wahlberg. Despite neither being tall it looks like it'll be a basketball movie.
"We’re waiting for the script," Wahlberg told MTV News this week. "Every time I see Justin or Scooter (Bieber manager Scooter Braun) I have to explain to them that it’s a bit of a process having the script written. It certainly (must be a script) that’s good enough to go and have green-lit and make right away. But I think it will be well worth the wait.”
Justin Bieber plays hockey and basketball
Wahlberg said he'll be playing a veteran basketball player who helps a young player, Bieber, as he's making his way in the game. The film he used to compare their movie with was 'The Color of Money'. There was no talk about whether the backdrop for the movie was the NBA but it seems improbable that the recently-turned 18-year-oold Bieber, who is maybe 5'6", and Wahlberg, two inches taller at most, would be able to sell themselves as NBA players.
When it comes to athleticism however, there's no issue with believability. Bieber, a Canadian, grew up playing hockey and is reportedly still very good at that game. He's also a good basketball player and impressed with his skill playing at the celebrity game in Feb. of 2011 at the NBA all-star game; he drained a three-pointer and was named the game's MVP.
As for Wahlberg, the actor/producer is known for having a rigorous training routine and his performance in 'The Fighter' (2010), where he played boxer Mickey Ward, was convincing and indicated that his ability to gain a high level of fitness and agility is there.
Mark Wahlberg is a Justin Bieber fan
Wahlberg is big enough as an actor, and is now involved in film production, that when he says he wants a project to go, it goes. Why though does he want to make a movie with Bieber? “I’m pretty intuitive,” he said. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”
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