The MCU's Sebastian Stan has volunteered himself and Anthony Mackie to star in the 48 Hours remake. Released in 1982, the original helped set the template for all buddy-cop movies to come. Eddie Murphy's character, actually a convict forced to help Nick Nolte, banters and spars with his partner in true buddy-cop style. The great Walter Hill directed the gritty action-comedy, guiding Murphy to a career-making performance. The film grossed an impressive $78 million in the US and spawned the sequel Another 48 Hours. The sequel came out eight years after the original and failed to recapture the magic.
News of a remake first broke in 2017, with Good Time directors Benny and Josh Safdie coming onboard to direct. Carmichael Show co-creator Jerrod Carmichael was hired to pen the script. Fresh details have remained scarce since the film was originally announced, with talk of casting and who could take over the iconic roles being nothing more than speculation. Many would not be surprised, however, were the Safdies' to reunite with Robert Pattinson, who garnered rave reviews for his turn in Good Time and might just be the next Batman.
Speaking at MCM London (as reported by ComicBook), Stan suggested that he and Mackie should get the parts. He neglected to mention whether he envisioned whether the roles would remain the same or whether the dynamic would be flipped - with him in Murphy's role and Mackie in Nolte's. Whatever the case, he seems more than committed to the idea: "Look, I’m gonna keep saying it, they’re remaking 48 Hours and I think Anthony Mackie and I should have a chance at that," he said. "I’m on it. Those Safdie brothers are not returning any of my emails, so I’ll just have to track them down as best I can."
Both Stan and Mackie are known for their roles within the MCU. Stan debuted as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger, before being reborn as the Winter Soldier in the sequel. Mackie made his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both then went on to reprise their roles in multiple films. Most recently, both were present in the record-shattering culmination of the MCU thus far: Avengers: Endgame. Though the film served as a swan-song for both Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark and Chris Evans' Captain America, both Stan and Mackie's characters survived this time around. The latter would go on to be gifted the shield and mantle of Captain America. Stan, meanwhile, will take over from Evans in another capacity.
Stan previously announced that filming on their own spin-off series will begin in October. Although many expect the title to change in order to reflect the events of Endgame, the show is currently called Falcon & The Winter Soldier. It is set to join other official MCU spin-off shows, including WandaVision. Each episode of the six-part series will be directed by Kari Skogland and will potentially feature fellow MCU characters Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl).
Fans will obviously have their own ideas on who can and should take over the 48 Hours roles, but Stan and Mackie would certainly make for a good match. The banter and frenemy-style dynamics they demonstrated in Captain America: Civil War was widely considered some of the film's best moments and comedic beats. As such, their established chemistry - on and off screen - could easily translate to the 48 Hours remake. Whether Stan's desire is ultimately realized, however, remains to be seen. If not, fans need not be too disappointed. Their dynamic will be further explored in the aforementioned Disney+ series.