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Anthony Mackie to play Johnnie Cochran in police brutality film

Anthony Mackie

Story by Jack Foley

CAPTAIN America star Anthony Mackie is to play famous lawyer Johnnie Cochran in a new film about a landmark police brutality case in the US.

The as-yet unnamed film will focus on a 1981 case that preceded Cochran’s defence of OJ Simpson in 1995.

It will chronicle the story of Ron Settles, an American football player, who was arrested for speeding and later found dead in his cell.

The death was initially deemed a suicide until an autopsy showed that Settles had been choked to death.

The family were awarded $760,000 in a civil suit and the police chief later resigned.

David McMillan, who has worked on TV drama Lucifer, has penned the screenplay for the film, although a director has yet to be announced.

Mackie is currently reprising his role as The Falcon in Captain America: Civil War and has also recently appeared in gritty crime drama Triple 9 and stoner buddy comedy The Night Before.

He will next be seen on television, playing Martin Luther King Jr in the HBO drama All the Way and is also set to star in thriller Wetlands. He is even developing a film about Olympian sprinter Jesse Owens.

Cochran was most recently played on the small screen by Courtney B Vance, who won widespread acclaim for his performance in The People v OJ Simpson.

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