Kate Beckinsale, the Hollywood actress and star of the 'Underworld' movies, is set to star alongside Mark Wahlberg in the film 'Contraband', despite seeing its budget slashed, reports Deadline.com. Universal Pictures have stepped in to rescue the project after filmmakers were having difficulty raising funding.
However, after negotiating that the film be made for $30 million instead of the original $40 million quoted, Universal have decided to finance the movie, which will be directed by Baltasar Kormakur and is a remake of OSKAR JONASSON'S 2008 Icelandic film 'Reykjavik-Rotterdam'. The story follows a smuggler who attempts to leave his criminal past behind him by becoming a security-guard. However, things soon take a turn for the worse as his wife's brother botches a smuggling run and his life becomes under threat, leaving the film's protagonist to become involved in one last job. The original movie won five Edda Awards, which are generally considered to be Iceland's equivalent of The Oscars.
As well as 'Contraband', 37-year-old Beckinsale is set to begin filming the fourth movie in the 'Underworld' franchise, and is also due to appear in 'The Trials of Cate MCCullough', a drama set for release in 2011.