Former New Kids On The Block singer Donnie Wahlberg has earned a role in the new $120 million World War II miniseries, “Band Of Brothers,” tentatively scheduled to air on HBO later this year.Wahlberg, who had a small role in last year’s box office blockbuster, “The Sixth Sense,” will join a cast that already includes Patrick Dempsey, Ron Livingston, Kirk Acevedo, and Richard Speight, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” The “Band Of Brothers” miniseries will run an estimated 13 hours and is based upon historian Stephen Ambrose’s 1993 book of the same name. The nonfiction novel follows a company of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division from basic training to landing in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, through the surrender of Germany in the spring of 1945. “Band Of Brothers,” perhaps HBO’s most ambitious project since 1998′s “From The Earth To The Moon,” will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg, who dealt with similar WWII material while directing
“Saving Private Ryan,” and Tom Hanks, who also oversaw “From The Earth To The Moon.” As for Wahlberg, he’s just finished work on a new film, “The Altoona Riding Club,” in which he stars opposite Robert Forster. That film is also due out later this year.