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Isaach De Bankolé & Anthony Mackie Join Casts of 2 Dark Comedies

Isaach De Bankolé & Anthony Mackie Join Casts of 2 Dark Comedies

Some quickie casting news…

First (via Twitch) Isaach de Bankole (an S&A favorite) has joined the cast of The Guard writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s dark comedy titled Calvary.

Isaach joins Brendan Gleeson (who also starred in McDonagh’s last effort, The Guard, which co-starred Don Cheadle).

The Sligo Ireland-set Calvary centers on a good priest (played by Gleeson) who is tormented by members of his parish.

No word on what role Isaach will play – I’m guessing one of the parish members.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in September.

Second, Anthony Mackie is said to be “in talks” to join the cast of Michael Bay’s “low-budget” dark comedy set in the world of bodybuilding titled Pain And Gain.

The film already will star Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as the film’s tow leads.

The synopsis for the film, which is based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, reads as follows:

… will follow a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

The script was penned by the pair who wrote the Captain America screenplay, and is being compared in tone to the Coen brothers’ Fargo.

Mackie is in negotiations to play a character named Adrian Doorbal, described as “a big-hearted bodybuilder who works out with Wahlberg’s character, Daniel Lugo. Doorbal has little to show for his hard work, leading him to get involved with Lugo’s scheme.

So it looks like Mackie may be bulking up a bit for the part. 

Production is expected to begin in the spring.

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