Anthony Mackie, best known for his portrayal of Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will bring his own sense of humor when he appears as John Doe in the new Twisted Metal series coming to Peacock.
Originally a minor character in the Twisted Metal video games, Mackie's John Doe will guide audiences through Twisted Metal's world of murder and mayhem. Mackie says he helped shape the character of John Doe, an amnesiac milkman hauling packages between fortified cities in a post-apocalyptic landscape. "Once I came on, they kind of tailored it to my sense of humor," Mackie told Inverse. "I’m very wacky and dark. That influenced John Doe a lot."
Twisted Metal is based on a game franchise of the same name published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Despite his nostalgia for old-school video games like Frogger, Donkey Kong and Super Mario, Mackie was more drawn to the series for the opportunity to act as an executive producer than he was the source material. Still, the series offers "a side of Anthony that's a little bit more light and fun and smart-assy," said Mackie’s manager, Jason Spire. "He is very well known for his dramatic work, but he’s rarely singled out for his humor. I think that’s where people are going to be really surprised and impressed."
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Twisted Metal Season 1 will follow Mackie’s John Doe, a talkative milkman with amnesia, who is given a mission to traverse the post-apocalyptic wasteland and deliver a mysterious package. Surviving the deadly wasteland in Season 1 won’t be easy. John Doe, along with the help of a trigger-happy car thief, will have to face bands of savage marauders driving vehicles made for destruction on the open road. One notable hazard John Doe will face is the game's most iconic character, Sweet Tooth. Played by Samoa Joe and voiced by Will Arnett, Sweet Tooth is a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck, but with some dangerous additions.
Peacock's upcoming Twisted Metal series was first announced in February 2021 with Will Arnett, Rhett Reese, Michael Jonathan Smith, and Paul Wernick all on board as executive producers. Smith will also serve as a showrunner and writer on the series, which was based on an original take by Reese and Wernick. As a result, Peacock officially greenlit the half-hour action comedy in February 2022, and filming began the following May. The series is set to air on July 27, 2023, and will run for 10 episodes.