Mackie zeroes in on ‘Z,’ ‘Gangster Squad’

Thesp harnesses breakout role in 'Locker'

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mackie may have lost out on “The Bourne Legacy” lead, but just two years after his breakout turn in “The Hurt Locker.” studios are still very interested in the thesp for some high-profile roles.

Mackie has an offer to star opposite Brad Pitt in Par’s “World War Z,” and is nearing an offer to join WB’s “Gangster Squad.”

While his “Hurt Locker” co-star Jeremy Renner ultimately won “The Bourne Legacy” sweepstakes, Mackie, currently filming Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” also screen-tested for the Bourne gig, showcasing his crossover appeal.

“World War Z,” based on the Max Brooks tome, has Marc Forster onboard to helm. Story is set 10 years after a global zombie epidemic and is an oral history told from various perspectives. David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is financing and producing.

Gangster Squad” will be directed by Ruben Fleischer with Dan Lin producing. Period crime pic is based on the Los Angeles Times’ seven-part series “Tales From the Gangster Squad.”

Mackie was last seen in Universal’s “Adjustment Bureau” and next stars with Hugh Jackman in DreamWorks’ “Real Steel.” He is repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.

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