Anthony Mackie Looking at Roles in 'World War Z' & 'Gangster Squad'
As we've been saying for a while, actor Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau) is on the verge of breaking out and just needs some strong roles. That may be Real Steel but just in case, he's started lining up plenty of other projects to follow that, including Ten Year, Man on a Ledge and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Variety is reporting that Mackie has been offered a role in World War Z, the upcoming adaptation with Marc Forster directing; he's also apparently being "eyed for a role" in Gangster Squad, the crime action-thriller being directed by Ruben Fleischer at Warner Bros.
Variety's story is kind of vague and they don't have any more details to add, specifically what roles he's up for in both of the projects, so we'll have to wait for updates on that. And of course, the casting isn't 100% confirmed, and they even state "Mackie's reps had no comment, nor did Paramount." Goodness. Anyway, I'm glad as always to see Mackie landing roles and I'm happy to see that World War Z is actually moving along to start shooting this summer, though casting has sparse so far. As for Gangster Squad, now that's a project that's getting more exciting every update. The cast already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and it just sounds like it'll be damn good. As always, we'll continue to keep you updated on casting.