UPDATE: Matt Walsh (Veep) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) have also joined the cast of Ghostbusters. Garcia will be playing the Mayor of New York City, while Walsh is playing a character named Rourke.
ORIGINAL: After taking on a memorable role in last summer’s The Purge: Anarchy, The Wire alum Michael K. Williams has entered into negotiations for parts in two other major franchise hopefuls: Ghostbusters and Assassin’s Creed.
He’ll first take on a supporting role in Paul Feig’s currently lensing blockbuster Ghostbusters, which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as two women whose belief in ghosts comes in handy when a supernatural invasion of New York City begins. Williams’ character is being kept under wraps, but his name is apparently Hawkins.
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Next, the actor will join Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed, starring opposite Michael Fassbender and Maron Cotillard. This is a big role for Williams, though it’s also cloaked in secrecy – sources tease that he has a “major stake” in the franchise and will take on a co-starring role in the already-planned sequel.
Even though Williams appears to finally be on the verge of a major breakthrough in Hollywood, the Boardwalk Empire alum is still planted squarely on the small screen as well. He has a part in the IFC miniseries The Spoils Before Dying (also opposite Wiig) and will take on one of the lead roles in SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard.