Anthony Mackie is Cast in Action-Comedy Twisted Metal TV Series

Anthony Mackie is Cast in Action-Comedy Twisted Metal TV Series

Anthony Mackie is cast as the lead in the upcoming live-action series adaptation of Twisted Metal live-action series currently in the works at Sony Pictures Television.

Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are developing the series, which is based on the “Twisted Metal” vehicular combat games, the first of which was released in 1995. The action-comedy series is based on an original take by Deadpool and Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

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The show is about motor-mouthed outsider John Doe (Mackie) who is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown named who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck, whom fans of the game will know as Sweet Tooth.

We’re thrilled to have Anthony Mackie on board. His ability to blend comedy, action and drama is perfect for the Twisted world we’re creating,” Asad Qizilbash, the head of Sony’s PlayStation Productions unit, told Deadline.

Reese and Wernick will also executive produce the series while Cobra Kai scribe Michael Jonathan Smith is on board to write and executive produce the series.

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Will Arnett and Marc Forman, through their production company Electric Avenue, will executive produce along with Peter Principato of Artists First. Mackie, Jason Spire from Inspire Entertainment, Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions and Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, will also executive produce.

Twisted Metal is just one of the properties Sony is in the process of adapting for television and film. At the end of March, the company announced it was making a Ghost of Tsushima movie. Its The Last of Us series at HBO also recently found its Joel and Ellie in Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.

Mackie recently starred in the Disney Plus-Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Solider,” reprising his role from multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He is also set to lead the upcoming fourth “Captain America” film. Mackie’s other recent roles include Season 2 of “Altered Carbon” and the films “The Banker,” “Seberg,” “Point Blank,” “The Hate U Give,” and “Detroit.”

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