Just a few days after Mireille Enos ("The Killing") entered negotiations to become the female lead, we may have our third main star for the cast of Paramount Pictures' fast-tracking World War Z. Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has been offered a role in the adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie novel.
If Mackie and Enos jump on board in an official capacity, they would be joining the previously-set lead star Brad Pitt. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) is set in the director's chair, based on a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The latter recently performed some rewrites for the studio.
Plot Concept: Based on the Max Brooks best-selling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies, Brooks -- the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft -- wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. Brad Pitt has been set to play a U.N. researcher while Enos would potentially play his wife. Mackie's role is currently being kept under wraps.
World War Z will chomp its way into theaters Summer 2012.