Anthony Mackie is looking to get fast and furious for Sony after signing on for the lead role in the studio’s adaptation of Twisted Metal. Based on the Twisted Metal vehicular combat video game franchise, the series finds Mackie playing John Doe, a motor-mouthed outsider 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. That’s right, my friends. Sweet Tooth is hitting the open road!
Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are developing the series, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind the Deadpool films and Zombieland. The first game in the Twisted Metal franchise was released in 1995. It presented players with a chance to enter a chaotic competition that found a variety of drivers piloting modified vehicles into a demolition derby-style race for survival.
Mackie was recently crowned as the MCU’s new Captain America, after the historic events seen in Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Mackie will reprise the iconic role for Captain America 4, which is currently in pre-production. He’s also filming We Have a Ghost for director Christopher Landon. In the movie, a man claims to have befriended a mostly harmless ghost who bears a likeness to the actor Ernest Borgnine and becomes famous on the Internet.
Are you excited about Twisted Metal? Who do you think will be cast as Sweet Tooth? Dave Bautista perhaps? Let’s see your predictions for the criminally insane candy man in the comments section below.