Mark Wahlberg shares the spotlight with one of our four-legged friends in his new adventure film Arthur The King.
The first trailer for the film, which also stars Simu Liu, Juliet Rylance, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ali Suliman, Paul Guilfoyle, Rob Collins and Michael Landes, was released on Wednesday, November 15.
The story, directed by Simon Cellan Jones from a screenplay by Michael Brandt, is based on the 2016 non-fiction book Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed The Jungle to Find A Home by Mikael Lindnord.
In the film, Wahlberg plays Lindnord, the captain of a Swedish adventure racing team who befriends an injured stray dog named Arthur.
From there, his team’s focus takes an interesting turn, with the help of their four-legged team member, all taking place during a grueling 10-day, 700-kilometer race through the Amazon rainforest.
Teaser: The first trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s new dog-starring adventure film Arthur The King dropped on Wednesday, November 15
The trailer highlights the risk and determination that the race entails, as well as the bond that develops between the elite adventure racer and the dog, along with their shared endurance and resilience.
The heartwarming story chronicles the athlete’s last chance at glory in the Adventure Racing World Championship, an endurance racing season in which adventure racing teams compete in a range of disciplines, including navigation, trekking, mountain biking, paddling and climbing, in the Dominican Republic.
During the grueling endurance race, an unexpected and ultimately unbreakable bond is formed between the professional adventure racer and his new friend, a scruffy mutt named Arthur.
Based on an incredible true story, Arthur The King follows Lindnord, who is desperate for one last chance to win as he convinces a sponsor to back him and his team of athletes (Liu, Emmanuel and Suliman) for the race .
“As the team is pushed to their limits during the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean,” according to the film’s official synopsis.
British adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls, 49, will also appear as himself in the film.
‘Every story has a hero. Watch the new trailer for #ArthurTheKing – only in theaters March 22,” the 52-year-old leading man shared in the caption of the teaser shared on his Instagram page.
Endurance: The film follows the story of a Swedish adventure racing team who befriends an injured stray dog named Arthur during their race through the jungle
Based on a True Story: Directed by Simon Cellan Jones from a screenplay by Michael Brandt, the story is based on the non-fiction book Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed The Jungle to Find A Home by Mikael Lindnord
Groundbreaking: the grueling race through the Amazon rainforest lasts 10 days and 700 kilometers, involving a wide range of disciplines such as kayaking
Leader of the Pack: The team and their new unofficial fifth member make their way through the rainforest swamps
Endurance Race: The race of four-member teams also involves climbing hills and mountains with a bicycle on their shoulders
Four-Legged Support: Word of Arthur’s sudden appearance on the scene begins to make news around the world
Symbol: The lost dog slowly becomes a symbol of perseverance and endurance
To mark the release of the film’s first trailer, the real Mikael Lindnord took to Instagram and raved about Wahlberg’s performance.
“Of course it is a great honor to be played by Mark Wahlberg, in my opinion one of the best actors of our time,” the now-retired athlete, 47, wrote alongside a promotional poster of the film.
‘But what struck me most was his work ethic, professionalism and ability to relate to Arthur’s story and his way of interpreting the adventurer. Some scenes on set were very, very strong and so close to real life, it felt like I was reliving the moments with Arthur,” Mikael Lindnord added, along with the links “@arthurthekingmovie @lionsgate @tooleyentertainment.”
Promo mode: Wahlberg took to Instagram to promote the trainer’s release, writing: ‘Every story has a hero
Man’s true best friend: an incredible bond is formed during this heartwarming story
High praise: To mark the release of the film’s first trailer, the real Mikael Lindnord took to Instagram and gushed about Wahlberg’s performance
Coming soon: Arthur The King opens in theaters on March 22, 2024
Arthur The King is expected to open in theaters on March 22, 2024.
Wahlberg also stars in The Family Planalso directed by Simon Cellan Jones, will be released on December 15.
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