News: Anthony Mackie Joins Sci-Fi Pic ‘IO’

Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston are set to star in IO, a sci-fi pic IO for director Jonathan Halpery. Shooting starts this week in France on the film, which follows one girl’s coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. Netflix will stream the movie starting next year.

Qualley will play Sam Walden, a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie will play Micah, a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the imminent shuttle launch who makes Sam question whether she can really alter Earth’s fate. [Source]

News: Anthony Mackie Joins Kathryn Bigelow for film about ’60s Detroit riots

After working with Kathryn Bigelow on Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, Anthony Mackie is set to reteam with the director for her untitled movie about the 1967 Detroit riots, Mashablehas confirmed.

Fresh off Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega will lead the ensemble, which also includes Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones). 

Bigelow is directing from a script by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal. The duo are also producing the film with Megan Ellison of financier Annapurna Pictures, as well as Matthew Budman and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce. 

Set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967, the film is said to be a fascinating exploration of race relations in the city. Mackie is expected to play a Vietnam veteran.

Bigelow’s film doesn’t have distribution yet, but she’s aiming to have the film out next year in time for the 50th anniversary of the riots. [Source]

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News: Why Anthony Mackie Should Co-Host LIVE! With Kelly Ripa

Debate over who should replace Michael Strahan on Live! alongside Kelly Ripa has gone on and on over the last few weeks, but we think we’ve finally found the one…

Anthony Mackie.

The Captain America star made his debut on the talk show Friday and not only revealed how truly hilarious he is, but also what a great co-host he’d make on the show. You see, he got to chatting about Robert Downey Jr. and how he introduced Mackie to quinoa, and the whole thing was entirely amazing. [Source]

News: Anthony Mackie To Play Johnnie Cochran In Signal Hill Police Brutality Case Film

As Anthony Mackie this week reprises the role of the winged Falcon in Captain America: Civil War, he’s signed on to star in a movie about the case that made a legal superhero out of Johnnie Cochran. And this one didn’t involve OJ Simpson. Mackie is set to play Cochran in an untitled film about his dogged pursuit of justice in the Signal Hill police brutality case in 1981. The script is by David McMillan, who was among last year’s Fox Writers Intensive finalists and recently was a staff writer on Lucifer.

The film is being backed by The Firm, and Mackie and Jason Spire will produce with Robbie Brenner, The Firm’s president of film whom they first worked with on the Frank E. Flowers-directed Haven. [Source]

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Feature: Why Antony Mackie’s Falcon needs a solo Marvel movie

There’s no denying that some bad stuff goes down in Captain America: Civil War, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

Luckily, the Russos didn’t forget to add a bit of levity to the movie. More often than not, it comes in the form of the Falcon aka Sam Wilson aka Anthony Mackie, who is quickly becoming one of our favourite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Three mystery MCU films are scheduled for 2020, and if one of them must be Iron Man 4, then another has to be a Falcon movie. [Source]

News: Anthony Mackie To Play Martin Luther King in HBO’s “All the Way”

Anthony Mackie has been set for the coveted role of Martin Luther King Jr., starring opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, the adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play that Jay Roach will direct for HBO. Production begins in September. This one is being exec produced by Steven Spielberg. It covers LBJ from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election victory. Schenkkan adapted his play for the payweb. Cranston reprises the stage role that won him the Tony.

I’m told that Mackie’s role in the script will be significant, and portrays a far more collaborative and complex relationship than was depicted in the Best Picture nomineeSelma. That film’s Oscar chances were hobbled by a depiction of LBJ as a reluctant lackey who stubbornly opposed MLK’s historic march in Selma, drawing ire from LBJ’s confidantes who said he and MLK were in lockstep in manipulating a crisis to pass the historic Civil Rights law. Spielberg is exec producing with Schenkkan, Roach, Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.  [more at source]

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