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Mark Wahlberg will star in an upcoming Netflix original film about an ex-cop and his aspiring MMA fighter sidekick who together unravel a twisted double murder conspiracy in Boston's criminal underworld.
In the original books and series, sidekick Hawk was a retired boxer, but in "Spenser Confidential", Hawk (Winston Duke) is an MMA fighter. The film also features Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Post Malone, Bokeem Woodbine, Cassie Ventura, and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Wahlberg is a notable fan of MMA, and owns equity in the UFC.
It will be the fifth collaboration between Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, after "Lone Survivor", "Deepwater Horizon", "Patriots Day", and "Mile 22." The film is an adaptation of the Ace Atkins novel "Wonderland," based on the Spenser character in Robert B. Parker's series of detective novels. "Spenser Confidential" is scheduled to be released March 6, 2020.