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Mackie Looks at World War Z

Anthony Mackie up for a role in World War Z film.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 01, 2011
Source: Variety


Anthony Mackie as SGT. JT Sanborn in THE HURT LOCKER(2008).
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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.

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PapiChulo 5/1/2011 4:28:57 PM

Zombies mucho scary.  Who is this guy and what is this movie about?  Only zombies yo veo is walking dead but if Brad Pitt is in this I'll definitely see it.

Wiseguy 5/1/2011 5:07:30 PM

Just started reading the book.

This Mackey cat seems to be a hot name all of a sudden. Outside of the very mediocre Adjustment Bureau I don't think I've seen him in any meaty roles but he's impressing somebody.

Pendragon0 5/1/2011 6:57:38 PM

Hey Wise, what do you think so far?

 

Rheul_home 5/2/2011 6:51:33 AM

Glad you picked up the book Wiseguy. It'll be nice to have another person around here who read it when the movie comes out. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

MrOptimusPrime 5/2/2011 8:36:41 AM

Not sure who this actor is either but any news on a World War Z movie is good news.  And Wiseguy do let us know what you think of the book because it will be interesting to see how they adapt the movie from the book.  Rheul_home I would like to know what you think as well......How are they going to turn this book into a movie??    

gauleyboy420 5/2/2011 8:41:41 AM

Rhuel, I think a lot of us have read it. About 10 Maniacs (including me) were giving it rave reviews to Wiseguy last week.

Wiseguy, what do you think so far?

Wiseguy 5/2/2011 9:22:01 AM

I just started it yesterday and I'm already digging it. I can't compare it to anything else because this is the first zombie book I've ever picked up, I like them in movies just never thought they'd make a good book. But this is a new concept here.

I should be done with it by the end of the week.  I wasn't even aware that this was written by Mel Brooks son, that in itself threw me for a loop.

 

Bryzarro 5/2/2011 12:23:41 PM

 You have to let us know when you done.  I'm always up for a discussion on World War Z.  My wife even read it after I did and she loved it.  And Zombies weren't really her thing.  I think it got her into Walking Dead.

swisshammer 5/2/2011 2:58:44 PM

 I started reading it and I'm about 100 pages in (been off and on because I've been really busy). The only thing I'm not digging so far is the fact that we meet people in the book through the interviews and then we don't see them again. So I'm finding it difficult to get rolling. But we'll see how it stacks up. 

GreatOne 5/2/2011 3:22:22 PM

Swisshammer: When reading the book, try to imagine that you're reading an historical textbook about a past war, where different things happened in different places.  That's what Brooks is trying to do, show how different parts of the world dealt with Zombie Apocalypse.

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