The distribution company Lionsgate Thursday released the first trailer for its feature film based on the Deepwater Horizon blowout, which devastated portions of the Gulf of Mexico.
"Deepwater Horizon" will hit silver screens nationwide on Sept. 30. Mark Wahlberg stars as the rig's chief electronics technician, backed by a supporting cast that includes Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and John Malkovich.
The film's plot is based on events immediately before and after the blowout at the Macondo well in April 2010 and is reportedly derived from a New York Times article reconstructing the rig’s final day.
Eleven crewmembers died in the blast, including many who were working on the drilling floor. Although human error was a factor in the blowout and the immediate response, the timeline shows that many more people would have perished if not for timely and often heroic action by crewmates.
Six years later, the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident continues to affect law, policy and public opinion in the United States.
Opposition to exploration leases off the Atlantic coast cited the blowout as a reason to avoid additional offshore drilling and contributed to the cancellation of the planned East Coast lease blocks earlier this month, according to a report by The Maritime Executive.