One of our favorite rising stars – and one of our Faces to Watch in 2012 – Anthony Mackie continues to build an impressive and varied upcoming slate, with Variety reporting the “Hurt Locker” star has signed on to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in bodybuilding heist thriller “Pain and Gain.”
Michael Bay directs the low budget crime thriller based on a true story about a group of bodybuilders in Florida who “engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder.” Mackie will play Adrian Doorbal, a nice guy who’s fed up with bodybuilding getting him nowhere in life and gets roped into the schemes of friend and fellow athlete Daniel Lugo, played by Wahlberg. Rounding out the real life portrayals are Ed Harris as Ed Du Bois, the detective on the case and comedian Rob Corddry as John Mese, the owner of the gym where the guys work out. Production is slated for a spring start.
Mackie, along with Jeremy Renner and Brian Geraghty, led Kathryn Bigelow’s indie Iraq war thriller “The Hurt Locker” all the way to a Best Picture Oscar win, and has been a steadily rising star ever since. After appearing in four movies in 2011 – rom com “What’s Your Number?”, Toronto Film Fest entry “Ten Year”, robot boxing actioner “Real Steel” and sci-fi romance “The Adjustment Bureau”, Mackie is looking to have an even bigger 2012. He’s already appeared opposite Sam Worthington in “Man on a Ledge” and has completed filming on “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Gangster Squad.”