Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s upcoming, star-studded cop drama Triple Nine. If he signs on, he’ll join an extremely impressive cast that boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer.
Named after the police code that’s used when an officer requires “immediate assistance,” the film will follow a corrupt group of cops who plan on carrying out a major heist for the Russian mafia that requires they kill a rookie officer. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and complications ensue.
No word yet on which role Mackie is up for but hopefully it’s a big one. The actor has really proven himself over the last couple of years with strong turns in films like Pain & Gain, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau and of course, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s steadily been building up a resume of respectable credits and it’s great to see him joining what looks to be a very promising project.
After initial troubles getting Triple Nine financed, it seems that Hillcoat is now well on his way to production, with a superb cast in tow. Given that his last effort was the very disappointing Lawless, all eyes are on the director to see if he can live up to the potential he showed with his early films like The Proposition and The Road. All the makings of a tense and gritty cop thriller are definitely here, so let’s just hope that Hillcoat doesn’t make a mess of it all.
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