‘Deepwater Horizon’ film begins production in New Orleans; here's a 'first look' photo from the film _lowres

Photo by ENRIQUE CHEDIAK -- Lionsgate released a 'first look' image of Mark Wahlerg in 'Deepwater Horizon.'

“Deepwater Horizon,” the film based on the April 20, 2010, explosions and fire that took place on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, started principal photography Monday in New Orleans.

The screenplay is based on the December 2010 New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul. Eleven men died in the fiery disaster. The Macondo well eruption beneath the rig also caused one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

In a release from Lionsgate, the studio announced the film “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 manmade disasters in world history.”

“Deepwater Horison” stars Mark Wahlberg (“Lone Survivor,” “The Fighter”), Kurt Russell (“Furious Seven”), John Malkovich (“Red,” “Burn After Reading”), Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Kate Hudson (“Almost Famous,” “Nine”). Wahlberg is also one the film’s producers.

Peter Berg (“Love Survivor,” “The Kingdom”) is directing from a screenplay written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“The Kingdom”).

Lionsgate is scheduled to release “Deepwater Horizon” in North America on September 30, 2016.