Still, he remains a fine actor, and he's just signed on to a project that will team him with one of the most promising young actors around, as The Hollywood Reporter reveal that both Whitaker and Anthony Mackie will star in a new independent horror film titled "Vipaka." Written by Shin Shimosawa, a co-producer on "The Grudge" films, it'll see Whitaker play a disturbed man who abducts his life coach (Mackie), using voodoo to torment him and his family.
Philippe Caland, who previously directed Whitaker in the 2007 drama "Ripple Effect" (no, us neither, but see below), is at the helm, and the cast also includes Sanaa Lathan ("Alien vs. Predator") and Mike Epps ("Friday") as Mackie's wife and brother, respectively. Ordinarily, it sounds like the kind of fare that Whitaker's doing all too often these days, but we have to confess that Mackie's presence has given us hope: he's a hot property at the moment, squeezing this in between shoots for blockbusters "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Gangster Squad," so fingers crossed that his involvement means that the film will be superior genre fare. Filming's getting underway this week in New Orleans, so we'll presumably see this sometime in 2012.