Anthony Mackie (“Pain and Gain,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) is set for the coveted role of Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO’s telemovie based on the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play “All the Way”.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston plays U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film which follows his sudden ascent to power in the hours after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, his turbulent first year involving the passing of Civil Rights legislation in Congress, and his landslide re-election victory.
Schenkkan adapted the script for the Jay Roach-directed telemovie with Cranston reprising his stage role, a role that won him a Tony award.
Mackie’s role in the script is said to be significant, and portrays “a more collaborative and complex relationship” than was depicted in “Selma”.
Steven Spielberg will executive produce and filming begins in September.