Jamie Foxx is getting ready to test his acting skills once again as he prepares for a possible role as Martin Luther King Jr. While in the early stages of a new biopic film based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., this is one that has been planned for a long time, but has never been able to get made.
It looks like the film will be one step closer to production after potentially casting Jamie Foxx in the project, and recently signing on Oliver Stone to direct.
Steven Spielberg's production company, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros are also involved. Foxx and Stone have worked together once previously on the football film, Any Given Sunday. Oliver Stone is certainly no stranger to films of political material and with notable films like JFK and W, he is certain to have success with this project.
MLK was certainly a big figure in our nation's history and it seem's that with the 50th anniversary of his historic march on Washington speech, new momentum has picked up for the film. In addition to this film, there are two other projects planned around the civil rights leader, including Selma, focusing on another key protest led by King, and Memphis, a Paul Greengrass-scripted film about King's final days.
Jamie Foxx has been cast as MLK Jr in a biopic directed by Oliver Stone. Thoughts?
— BlackonBlackCinema (@BlackonCinema) October 11, 2013
Foxx has gained much popularity over the years through his work in film, television, and music. He also won over numerous critics and audiences everywhere with his role as Ray Charles in the 2004 film, Ray. He starred in Django Unchained in 2012, and most recently played the president in White House Down. Foxx is currently filming a reboot of the musical Annie with Quvenzhané Wallis, who was seen last year in Beasts of The Southern Wild.
Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone to do MLK bio pic! That's going to be hot!
— Dr. Letitia Wright (@Drwright1) October 10, 2013
Ah Christ. Give him the Oscar now I guess. MT @TheInSneider: EXCLUSIVE: JAMIE FOXX in talks to play MLK in biopic! OLIVER STONE to direct!
— JAY (@bvrn_bridges) October 10, 2013
What do you think of the casting? Would Jamie Foxx make the best MLK? Respond in the comments below.
If the role were to go to Jamie Foxx, he would likely gain a lot of attention from the role, just as he did with Ray, which he won an Oscar for. Kario Salem has written the script for the filmd and the King family has agreed to lend their support for the film. In 2009, Dreamworks acquired the rights to King's story, along with the rights to his "I Have A Dream Speech."