Ben Walker has, ahem, accepted a missionary position.
He will star in HBO’s Cold War drama pilot called “The Missionary.” He will star as Roy in the HBO series.
The 60’s-set drama focuses on American missionary Roy, who helps a young East German woman escape while getting himself mixed up in the high-stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue (or something like that).
Charles Randolph (“The Interpreter’), Stephen Levinson, Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Wahlberg are behind the project.
Walker played the lead role in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He is also filming the role of Kevin Kennedy in “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” from Stephen Frears.
Walker has also appeared in “Kinsey” (as 19-year-old Alfred Kinsey); Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers”; and as Andrew Jackson Off-Broadway in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” To play Jackson, he bowed out of a role as Hank McCoy/ Beast in “X-Men: First Class.”
Randolph will write the script, and Levinson, Gladwell and Wahlberg will exec produce for HBO, Levinson’s Leverage and Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole.
Aaron Paul (Jesse on AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) was rumored to be in talks previously to play Roy, but that apparently did not pan out.
WME and Inspire rep Walker.