The basketball buddy film that Justin Bieber will make his film acting debut in is looking to start shooting next Spring, that according to Bieber's co-star, Mark Wahlberg. The script's been through a few drafts but that's not the hold-up.
In a talk with MTV this week Wahlberg said that scheduling is more an issue than anything else right now. Obviously he and Bieber have to put aside time, typically upwards of 8 weeks to shoot a feature, and to date they haven't found it. But Wahlberg said that is not going to kill the project and both are working on keeping the necessary time open in the Spring of 2013.
Wahlberg: Justin Bieber can really act
Wahlberg, the star of 'Boogie Nights', 'The Departed' and the newly released 'Ted' said he has no worries about Bieber's acting skills, telling MTV that he really believes Bieber can act. "There's not going to be any shortage of pushing him in getting that kind of strong performance out of him, if we get to make the movie," Wahlberg said. "We're just going to have to make him realize that he's playing a character so he can't have the same hairdo."
Not only can Bieber act, Wahlberg also noted he's a good athlete. The 18-year-old pop star grew up in Canada playing both hockey and basketball. He's played in numerous charity basketball games over the past two years, including at the NBA all-star game festivities in February, where he was named MVP of the celeb/charity game.
Bieber spends a considerable amount of time in front of a camera but the most of it is singing or doing interviews. His primary acting experience is two episodes of 'CSI: Las Vegas', where he played a troubled teen and he did a credible job. He won't be back on that show, however, as in the second episode his character died in a hail of bullets.