Although he had been working steadily for a few years before he appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008), it certainly helped Anthony Mackie's career kick up a few notches. Now news arrives via Deadline that he is set to reunite with the director for her latest movie, an untitled drama set around the 1967 Detroit riots.
We recently learned that Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) and Jack Reynor (Glassland) were among those joining John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the movie. With Mark Boal once again on writing duties, the film will unspool its story against the backdrop of destructive riots that spread across the city of Detroit in 1967, the result of pent-up rage at racism and police raids.
Unusually for announcements about the movie, we do know what Mackie will be doing in the film, as Deadline reports that he will be playing a Vietnam veteran who features prominently in the story. Shooting will be happening soon and Bigelow is aiming to have it ready for a 2017 release around the 50th anniversary of the riots.
Once he is finished on the movie, Mackie will segue to the start of his duties as Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon in the next Avengers films. He has already worked on crime drama Wetlands and will also be seen as lawyer Johnnie Cochran in Justin Chadwick's (The Other Boleyn Girl) Signal Hill.