US star to film in Port Shep­stone

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Tanya Steenkamp

SOUTH Africa’s shores will soon be graced with the pres­ence of award-win­ning US ac­tor An­thony Mackie‚ who has been cast in the lead­ing role of the ac­tion-packed heist film The Blue Mau­ri­tius.

Mackie joins a cast of in­ter­na­tional ac­tors‚ with French ac­tor Gérard Depar­dieu‚ as well as South Africans Ni­cola Breyten­bach‚ Pearl Thusi and Deon Lotz, in the film which fol­lows the story of in­ter­na­tional thieves on the hunt for a rare set of stamps which hold the key to un­lock­ing trea­sure in Mau­ri­tius.

Mackie gained promi­nence af­ter his role in the Os­car-win­ning war thriller The Hurt Locker in 2009 and is best known for his role as The Fal­con in block­buster The Avengers.

The film is part of a larger ef­fort by Dex­ter Davis‚ chief ex­ec­u­tive of D Street Me­dia‚ the com­pany pro­duc­ing the film, to cre­ate a star sys­tem for South Africa and put the coun­try on the in­ter­na­tional film in­dus­try map.

The Blue Mau­ri­tius is the first of Davis’s projects to be filmed in the pic­turesque town of Port Shep­stone‚ where he is in the process of set­ting up South Coast Film Stu­dios.

The project will break ground in March next year and be up and run­ning in early 2019. Ad­di­tional film­ing will take place in Cape Town.

The Blue Mau­ri­tius is ex­pected to be re­leased at the end of next year. – TimesLIVE


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