Anthony Mackie Signs On To Upcoming Johnnie Cochran Project

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will go from playing a falcon to a legal eagle. The Captain America: Civil War star has signed on for the lead role in an UNTITLED JOHNNIE COCHRAN FILM about the Signal Hill police brutality case in 1981.

Mackie will also produce alongside and . The film is written by David McMillan who will also serve as executive with .

The film follows Cochran’s pre-O.J. Simpson when he worked an advocate for African Americans suffering from police brutality. Specifically, it will focus on the landmark Signal Hill case which involved Ron Settles, a Cal State Long Beach football star, who was arrested for speeding and later found hanging in his cell. Police reports deemed it a suicide, but an autopsy report showed that he was choked to death.

In addition to his role as Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mackie recently starred in Triple 9 and the holiday comedy The Night Before. He is currently filming the dramatic thriller Wetlands and can be seen next playing Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s LBJ in the HBO film, All The Way.

He is repped by .

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