New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, Best known to me as the creepy emaciated Vincent Grey
from "The Sixth Sense" and last seen on the big screen with Robert De Niro in
“Righteous Kill,” (and almost all of the 'Saw' movies) has signed on to the made-in-
Massachusetts movie “The Zookeeper”.

Wahlberg spilled the news via Twitter here: "For those wondering what my wardrobe
session was all about yesterday," he writes. "Now ya know ... I'm doing the movie
'Zookeeper' with Kevin James and Rosario Dawson."

Primary filming of "The Zookeeper" kicked off Monday, July 20 at the Franklin Park
Zoo's elaborate mini-zoo set near the Giraffe Entrance of the park located at 1
Franklin Park Rd.

Slotted to film during regular park hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next few
weeks, "The Zookeeper" set resembled a Hollywood-style movie lot swarming with
production staff on golf carts and lighting rigs peering behind off-limits structures
built for filming purposes only.

"The Zookeeper" follows James as a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in
an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the
woman of his dreams. Frank Coraci is directing from the screenplay by James, Jay
Scherick, David Ronn, Rock Reuben and Nick Bakay. (It takes THAT many people to
write a Kevin James comedy??)

Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have signed
on as animal voices. The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper
James longs for his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice
of a capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as
a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.

In addition to "The Zookeeper," Wahlberg is waiting to get a greenlight for "Bunker
Hill," the made-in-Charlestown TV pilot for TNT where he plays Mike Moriarty, a
Boston cop determined to protect the streets he grew up on from crime and
corruption.

The Dorchester native adds, "Here is the beauty of going 24 hours a day--a movie, a
TV series, exec producing Jimmy Marsh, making more music w/ The Block. NO
SWEAT!"
Dorchester native Donnie Wahlberg joins 'The Zoo'
by Roland Hansen
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