Mark Wahlberg is to star in new buddy comedy 'Ted'.
The film - which is the directorial debut of 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane - will see the 'Planet of the Apes' actor play a grown man reunited with a life-size version of his treasured childhood teddy bear.
However, while the character had always wished as a child for the toy to come to life, he soon realises that although the bear is his best friend, he is getting in the way of his commitment to the girl he loves.
MacFarlane is to provide the voice of the bear, who will be brought to life through a live action format.
With a $65m budget granted by Media Rights Capital, the R-rated script was co-written by MacFarlane and his 'Family Guy' cohorts Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin, and is to be co-produced by MacFarlane and John Jacobs, Deadline.com reports.
Mark is also believed to be in talks to take on a starring role in a 1994 fantasy thriller movie 'The Crow', playing the part made famous by the late Brandon Lee.