Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on “Deepwater Horizon,” which chronicles the BP oil spill that killed 11 people and injured 17 others back in 2010. Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, harming numerous sea creatures.
O’Brien will play Caleb Holloway, the youngest surviving crew member.
Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the script, which is based on the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.
Berg replaced J.C. Chandor on “Deepwater Horizon,” which Lionsgate will release on Sept. 30, 2016.
O’Brien stars on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and has a “Maze Runner” sequel coming out later this year. He’s represented by WME, Principal Entertainment LA and attorney James Feldman.
Russell currently co-stars in “Furious 7” and will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight.” Represented by CAA and manager Rick Nicita, Russell’s casting was first reported by Variety.