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Actor and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie is making his beloved hometown the site of the next great production studio.
Last week, the “Captain America” star closed a deal to purchase 20 acres of land in New Orleans East near the Little Woods community on the I-10 Service Road, where he will construct a state-of-the-art film and television production studio. Sources say the deal has been in the works for months. Now that Mackie has secured the land, he is looking into acquiring more space nearby to complete the project.
The 43-year-old actor was praised by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell for choosing Louisiana for the massive project, which is expected to bring immense economic resources to the area.
“New Orleans own Anthony Mackie is opening a HUGE 20-acre film studio! This is INCREDIBLE !!” Mayor Cantrell tweeted.
Councilman Oliver Thomas also expressed his excitement about the development and firmly believes that it will bring added opportunity to the area.
“To have Captain America and his brand and his star power, I think it helps to support all the other investments,” Thomas stated.
Mackie made his big-screen debut in 2002’s “8-Mile,” which starred rapper Eminem and loosely covered his life story and rise to fame. In that widely successful flick, Mackie plays the role of prolific battle rapper Papa Doc, who goes against Eminem’s character, B-Rabbit. Papa Doc finds himself defeated by Rabbit during a dramatic rap battle in one of the film’s final scenes, leaving Rabbit to emerge as the new champion.
Throughout his 20+ year career, Mackie has garnered success in other popular films, “The Banker” and “Outside the Wire,” both of which gave him producing credits. Fans have also enjoyed his performance in “The Night Before” Gangster Squad” and are eagerly awaiting his biggest role to date, the forthcoming “Captain America 4.” Mackie will “carry the shield” in the Marvel flick after joining the franchise in 2014 in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” where he portrayed Sam Wilson aka Falcon.
In addition to Mackie, other key players in the film industry are looking to build their empire in New Orleans. Tyler Perry, who also owns the sprawling Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, has also been eyeing property in The Big Easy for a secondary production compound. Any investments in this capacity bring the possibility of easing some of the financial burden left behind by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulations to Anthony Mackie and the citizens of New Orleans, who will significantly benefit from his Hollywood endeavors within the city.