News Briefs: Anthony Mackie to Star As Famed Lawyer Johnnie Cochran

News Briefs: Anthony Mackie to Star As Famed Lawyer Johnnie Cochran

Anthony Mackie

Johnnie Cochran: Anthony Mackie, who soars in this week's Captain America: Civil War as the superhero Falcon, will tackle the dramatic challenge of portraying famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. The untitled movie is set in 1981 and follows Cochran as a young lawyer defending football player Ron Settles. Shortly after his arrest, Settles was found hanged in his jail cell, but Cochran's continuing efforts resulted in a major legal victory for the Settles family. [Deadline]


Puppet Master: Axis of Evil

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich: S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) has been hired to write Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, a reboot of the Puppet Master series of darkly comic horror films that became popular in the 1990s. The 1989 original revolved around a group of homicidal puppets and spawned nine sequels (including Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, above). The reboot is intended to be the first in a new series that will expand the mythology of the original movies. [THR]



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Oprah Winfrey (on set for Selma, above) will star in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO. It's based on a 2010 book by Rebecca Skloot about a woman whose cancerous cells were harvested without her authorization in 1951, leading to the creation of "the first immortal human cell line." George C. Wolfe wrote the screenplay and will direct. [Deadline]


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Trailer: Sam Neill stars in the first Hunt for the Wilderpeople trailer. Neill plays the foster uncle of a rebellious young man; when they go missing, a national manhunt ensues. Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), the comedy will open in theaters on June 24. [Movieclips]

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