Anthony Mackie is Ready to Celebreate Christmas with Seth Rogen
After teaming up with a Marvel superhero in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the versatile Anthony Mackie is heading into the comedy world with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Wrap has word that Mackie is joining the untitled Christmas comedy set up at Sony Pictures with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine at the helm. We first heard about the project earlier this year, and Rogen said they're in pre-production in our recent interview. Now Mackie is in talks for the final part in a group of three childhood best friends who reunite in NYC for their yearly tradition of going out for fun on Christmas Eve.
Mackie hasn't ventured into much comedy with What's Your Number and Pain & Gain being the best examples, but he's had plenty of dramatic experience with The Hurt Locker and The Adjustment Bureau, not to mention action and intrigue in Gangster Squad and Runner Runner and a fun role in Real Steel. Production is supposed to start this summer, so New Yorkers should expect to see some fake snow around the city since the region usually doesn't get much winter weather around that time.
Levine put together one hell of a powerful hybrid of comedy and drama with 50/50, a film that sadly went overlooked at the Academy Awards the year it was released. With Rogen also producing the film along with filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg, this is undoubtedly a project that we're extremely excited to see. Sounds like it could be another hit for Good Universe, the company who just made a big box office debut with Rogen's Neighbors (read my review and see the movie) toppling The Amazing Spider-Man 2.