Anthony Mackie joins cast of heist movie set in Cape Town alongside Pearl Thusi

The producers of in-development heist movie The Blue Mauritius have announced the addition of Anthony Mackie to the cast.

Mackie, first drew attention for his role in the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, but gained more mainstream recognition for his turn as Falcon in the Marvel Studios franchise films Captain America and the Avengers.

“Anthony Mackie, who I consider a real movie star, brings such a fresh perspective to the cast and the character. He’s an incredibly talented, versatile actor who truly takes the project to the next level,” executive producer and chief executive officer of D Street Media Group Dexter Davis said.

The Blue Mauritius is a heist movie set in Cape Town and also boasts international actors John Rhys-Davies, Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Kretschmann among its cast.

The movie is also set to test D Street’s mandate to create a “star system” in South Africa.

The producers have cast the popular Pearl Thusi, fresh from her stint on the US FBI-centred drama Quantico. Additionally, South Africans actors Deon Lotz (of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Nicola Breytenbach have also been cast.

With almost guaranteed US and international distribution, D Street believes that this movie catapult its stars to even greater worldwide recognition.

“We believe we can achieve what 12 Years a Slave did for Lupita Nyong’o. Had it not been for her very famous co-stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt, who’s fame brought in audiences from all over the world, we may not know who Lupita Nyong’o is today,” D Street President Ernest Napoleon said.

No release date has been given for the movie as yet.

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