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Anthony Mackie In Talks To Star As Detective In Online Gambling Thriller "Runner Runner"

by Vanessa Martinez
May 17, 2012 7:49 PM
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Anthony Mackie

Very busy actor Anthony Mackie is currently in negotiations to star alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in New Regency and Stone Village Pictures' Runner Runner. The online gambling thriller, directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and penned by Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Runner Runner stars Timberlake "as a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker. He flies to Costa Rica hoping to reclaim his losses from the site's billionaire owner (Affleck), and ends up becoming the corrupt CEO's right-hand man."

If confirmed, Mackie will play an FBI detective who has been trying to hunt down Affleck's character for years and who targets Timberlake as the key to the investigation.

The thriller, which co-stars Oliver Cooper (Project X) as "an Ivy League computer nerd who works for Affleck's site," will be produced by Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Double Feature's Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher and Stone Village Pictures' Scott Steindorff.

Mackie just finished production in Michael Bay's dark comedy Pain and Gain, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. He will be seen next in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, out next month and Gangster Squad, in theaters this September.

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  • other song | May 18, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    I think the brotha is doing the best he can. Time will tell.

  • Vanessa | May 18, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    I have NO doubt Mackie can carry a film. NONE. He just hasn't had too many opportunities to do so. Team Mackie. :)

  • Lauren | May 18, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    To me, he's not a leading man. You either have that "X" factor or you don't. I can't see him carrying a picture.

  • Ali | May 18, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    My problem with Anthony Mackie is that the more "successful" he's become, the more uninteresting his roles are becoming to me. It's as simple as that. Maybe it's because this is the best Hollywood has to offer. But it's true, he is obviously taking advantage of the fame and is going for the money now. Perhaps he's gaining financial security for some future risky career moves?

  • Peggy | May 18, 2012 12:25 AMReply

    Is he ever going you in a movie? He's so ready to criticize black filmmakers for being lazy or whatever and that he is working his butt off. Well, to what end? If he's always going to be "the detective" who chases the white main character, he might as well go work at McDonald's for what that's worth. He plays roles they could give to a dog.

  • Darkan | May 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    @DAMN STRAIGHT, nobody's hating on Anthony, I could actually care less about him. I was just responding to someone else's post. Anthony wouldn't be a pick in any of my projects that's for sure. More power to him if he wants to keep being white Hollywood's side piece. The critique started as an actually means of support in acknowledging the truth of what we've seen in the actions taken of his career. Nobody's bitching, just making truthful comment. P.S. I'm far from being a sideline brother. Go somewhere else with the disrespect.

  • katie | May 18, 2012 8:43 AM

    @DAMN STRAIGHT: When all else fails just call people out of their names and don't address their legitimate concerns.
    @PEGGY: I too wonder when is he actually going to star in a movie. I didn't know he criticized black filmmakers, that's unfortunate. Until I read your comment, he was my favorite actor who I though would headline sooner or later. However, now I see he doesn't want that. He wants only to be the token black guy whose life revolves around the white characters, pathetic. *strikes him off my list of favorites*

  • Damn Straight | May 18, 2012 2:35 AM

    Damn right its about getting paid! Dumb ass folk like you can sit on the sideline and bitch and man. Live in the real world you god damn haters! you gonna cry now?! lol

  • Darkan | May 18, 2012 2:24 AM

    You called it as it is Peggy. Some actors just chase the dollar. They're not trying to make a difference. Most people would love to trade places with him as long as they are getting paid because in the end for our community, integrity is lost and all that matters is getting paid!

  • Brandon | May 17, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    I guess he's the go to black guy

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