Anthony Mackie & 'Dear White People' Director Will 'Make a Wish'
After making his feature directorial debut with the poignant and hilarious satire Dear White People this year, director Justin Simien is ready to head into more broad comedy. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has picked up the 2013 Black Listed comedy script Make a Wish from first-time writer Zach Frenkel with Simien attached to direct. In addition, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie will star in the film as Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying 14-year-old who adores the athlete. However, his dying wish isn't just to meet the football player. Read on!
The real wish from the teenager is that he wants the football player to help him get laid before he dies. That certainly sounds like it could be full of inappropriate but hilarious humor, but maybe even have some heart as well. Mackie has proven to be a pretty versatile actor with roles in dramas like The Hurt Locker and Million Dollar Baby and also comedic roles in Pain & Gain, What's Your Number? and the forthcoming Christmas comedy with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt from director Jonathan Levine. But Mackie will also probably have a key role in upcoming Marvel universe movies, so we'll see how this one develops.