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Whitaker, Mackie to do ‘Vipaka’ voodoo

Sanaa Lathan co-stars in the genre pic

Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker will bring to life the voodoo-themed psychological thriller “Vipaka.”

Whitaker is producing the pic, which also stars Sanaa Lathan.

“Vipaka” follows two adversaries who go head-to-head in a game that tests each man’s belief in what he believes is the truth. Lathan plays a yoga teacher whose brother-in-law involves their family with a violent, unstable man, to be played by Whitaker.

Helmer Philippe Caland (“Boxing Helena”) is producing and directing from a script by Shintaro Shimosawa. Whitaker, who previously worked with Caland on the 2007 indie drama “Ripple Effect,” is producing through his Significant Prods. banner along with Nina Yang. Pic starts shooting this month in New Orleans.

Last seen opposite Matt Damon in “The Adjustment Bureau,” Mackie will shoot “Vipaka” before he segues to a key supporting role in Warner Bros. crime pic “The Gangster Squad.” Thesp just wrapped 20th Century Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” and will next appear in a diverse quartet of films Shawn Levy’s “Real Steel,” Asger Leth’s “Man on a Ledge,” Jamie Linden’s “Ten Year” and the R-rated comedy “What’s Your Number?”

Whitaker also has a quartet of pics on the horizon, as he will soon be seen in the indies “Catch .44” with Bruce Willis, “Freelancers” with Robert De Niro, “Mississippi Wild” with Robert Duvall and “A Single Shot” with Juno Temple.

ICM-repped Lathan co-stars in Steven Soderbergh virus thriller “Contagion.” Mackie is repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment, while WME reps Whitaker.

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