Anthony Mackie may be known for his role as Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the actor will soon add movie studio owner to his list of credits.
Mackie, 43, just purchased 20 acres of land in New Orleans East where he plans to open a film production studio, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell recently announced.
“The New Orleans East is making a comeback, bam. New Orleans own Anthony Mackie is opening a HUGE 20-acre film studio! This is INCREDIBLE !!” Cantrell wrote on Twitter. “The influx of productions will not only bring economic growth but job opportunities!”
The New Orleans East is making a comeback, bam??
New Orleans own Anthony Mackie is opening a HUGE 20-acre film studio!
This is INCREDIBLE !!???
The influx of productions will not only bring economic growth but job opportunities! pic.twitter.com/h0hlswdh1g
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) March 18, 2022
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With production credits under his belt that include The Banker and Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, the transition was a natural next step for Mackie, a New Orleans native.
According to land records obtained by Nola.com, Mackie closed Friday on the purchase of the property on the Interstate 10 Service Road at Read Boulevard.
With the land being near the Little Woods neighborhood, across the former Lake Forest Plaza Mall — the largest shopping mall in Louisiana — it is set to bring back economic life to the area.
Over the years, the entire Mackie family has been part of the city’s economic revival efforts. Mackie’s brother, Dr. Calvin Mackie, is a former Tulane University engineering professor who is expanding his STEM Nola educational company with an opening date of 2024. Mackie’s cousin Earl, and wife Nicole, started the popular restaurant, “Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles” in 2013.
City Councilman Oliver Thomas also expressed his gratitude about how the studio will help the city.
He said in a statement to Deadline: “Years ago, we talked about us being Hollywood South. I think maybe we’re finally in a position to make it happen and for New Orleans East to be the foundation for that to happen. To have Captain America and his brand and his star power I think it helps to support all the other investments.”