In April 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers, injuring more than a dozen others, and pumping around two million gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico—a grand total of 4.9 million barrels altogether—until the well was capped in mid-July. It was probably the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century thus far, and led to BP being forced to pay the largest environmental fine in U.S. history, $18.7 billion.
On Sept. 30, 2016, Deepwater Horizon a film adapted form the New York Times article "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours," starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich, will attempt to turn the tragedy that turned the Gulf shores black into Hollywood gold with a story that, according to the film's official synopsis, "chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history."
The first trailer doesn't offer up a lot of those moments, it's mostly just Wahlberg's character's daughter explaining the way that offshore oil drilling works as demonstrated through wasting a whole can of Coca Cola, but we're sure that the heroic stuff is in there somewhere. The film reunites Wahlberg with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg. It's also a reunion of sorts for Hudson and Russell. Russell, along with Hudson's mother and Russell's longtime girlfriend Goldie Hawn, raised the actress like a daughter, though they've never been in a movie together until this one.
Wahlberg is playing a hero electrician who worked on the rig and Malkovich is a BP rep who underestimates the danger the rig is in, though how critical the plot of the movie will be of BP's fault in the disaster is yet to be seen.