Anthony Mackie puts his money where his hometown is.
The New Orleans-born actor who now wears the mantle of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached a deal on Friday to purchase 20 acres of land in New Orleans East. The location is believed to be the home of East Studios LLC, a film studio headed by Mackie, as Several Sources told local media NOLA.com.
Any details beyond that are unknown at this point, though Mackie has leveraged his Marvel success in recent years to play a bigger role in projects he’s connected to. He was credited as executive producer of the 2019 sci-fi film Ioand he’s listed as a producer on two more recent streaming projects — The banker on Apple TV+ and off the wire on Netflix.
Mackie is also ready to star and executive product twisted metala comedy reimagining the classic car combat video game series for Peacock that paired him with dead Pool writer/director Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He may still be producing a biopic about famed lawyer Johnnie Cochran called Signal Hillbut there hasn’t been much news about it since 2017.
The Macky family already has a strong presence in New Orleans, including a long history of supporting the city. Anthony spoke specifically about the 2008 disaster the city faced after Hurricane Katrina prompted him to return home and invest in the success of his hometown.
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“I loaded up my truck, I went back to New Orleans, I built a house,” he said in a 2011 interview with The Guardian. Arriving home, Mackie noted how the government’s response and insurance company red tape let down people on the ground who were still reeling and trying to find their way amidst of widespread devastation.
“Every time I come home now, I feel it with everyone who has stayed and rebuilt, the magnitude of what we have done,” Mackie said in the Guardian maintenance. “Even when the feds fucked us, we did it on our own. We’re in a position where we can say we did it without your help, so kiss me.”
Mashable has reached out to Mackie’s publicist for more details on what the plans for East Studios LLC look like and we’ll update this story if we hear back.