On his 18th birthday, we take a look at the superstar's upcoming acting gigs.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
By this point, it's no secret that Justin Bieber has his sights set on the silver screen. Ever since his meteoric rise to stardom and his success with the concert film "Never Say Never," talk has circulated about his first dramatic film projects.
Now, on his 18th birthday, let's take a closer look at Bieber's big-screen potential!
We got an early look at his acting chops on an episode of "CSI," in which he played troubled teen Jason McCann and was famously blown away in a hail of gunfire. The cameo indicated his purported desire to take on darker roles, along the lines of those played by Mark Wahlberg.
The most concrete movie project on the horizon for Bieber actually involves Wahlberg. The two have been developing a basketball movie, in the vein of "The Color of Money." Wahlberg will play a weathered baller who takes a younger player (Bieber) under his wing.
MTV News spoke with Wahlberg about the project, and he said his interest in working with the pop star comes from his intuition about Bieber's acting ability. "I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it," Wahlberg said. "Then you actually have a conversation with him, and it's there."
The basketball project is currently in development at Paramount.
Another Wahlberg-related project with Bieber's name attached is a rumored remake of the 1996 film "Fear." MovieWeb reported back in January that Bieber is supposedly "obsessed" with the movie and hopes to land the psychotic role to mirror Wahlberg's career path. There hasn't been an update on the remake's progress since.
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