The Deepwater Horizon premiere went down on Monday (Sept. 19) in The Big Easy.
It was a star-studded and emotional night as Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment held the U.S. premiere in New Orleans, where they shot the film last year.
The black carpet premiere, held at the historic Orpheum Theater, brought out some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg, who portrays Deepwater Horizon survivor, Mike Williams.
Golden Globe-winning actress Kate Hudson, who stars as Mike’s wife Felicia, the legendary Kurt Russell, who takes on the role of Mr. Jimmy Harrell, the offshore installation manager of the Deepwater Horizon, and Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez, who portrays Andrea Fleytas, were also in attendance.
Cast members Rob Steinberg, Stella Allen, Country star Trace Adkins, and Brad Leland were also present and accounted for.
Gary Clark Jr., who composed the original song, “Take Me Down,” for the film, came out with his lovely guest.
Deepwater Horizon survivors and the families of those who perished also attended the premiere.
Deepwater Horizon depicts the true story of the devastating explosion on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, which claimed the lives of 11 crew members and resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. (Also known as the BP oil spill)
According to the Deepwater Horizon official website, the film “honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.”
Mark Wahlberg said, “I think people are going to be surprised if they thought they knew what happened out there in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. I saw a lot and thought I knew and understood what happened, but everybody was really focused on the environmental disaster. Eleven people lost their lives, and some pretty extraordinary things happened out there. So we wanted to share their story and honor those people.”
The film was intense, devastating, and inspiring. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and theater erupted with applause as the credits rolled.
Deepwater Horizon opens in theaters on September 30.