Wahlberg and Newton Find Truth

ByABC News
December 13, 2000, 7:38 PM

December 12 -- Mark Wahlberg was forced to drop out of the updated Ocean's Eleven due to scheduling conflicts, but he is fitting in another remake of a classic film. The Boogie Nights star has agreed to play the lead in The Truth About Charlie, a remake of Stanley Donen's 1963 Hitchcockian romance-thriller Charade, which starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Taking over for the lovely Audrey will be Mission: Impossible 2's Thandie Newton in the role of a woman who is pursued by four strangers after her husband is murdered.

Director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Something Wild) had earlier said he was wooing Will Smith for the lead as a man of possibly suspect motives who comes to the widow's aid.

Wahlberg had also been in talks to work with Rod Lurie (The Contender) and Robert Redford on The Castle, a DreamWorks project that's also due to begin shooting prior to the potential writers' and actors' strikes next summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's not likely that he'll be able to squeeze in both films, however.

The soft-spoken actor is currently filming another remake, Planet of the Apes, and he will next be seen in Stephen Herek's Rock Star (formerly titled Metal God).