First Look: Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist

June 2, 2008
Source: USA Today

First Look: Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist

How many of you saw Resurrecting the Champ last year? In the film, a struggling newspaper journalist comes across a homeless man who claims to be a famous boxer. He writes an article about him and finally gets his break. The story in Joe Wright's The Soloist is similar, but about a cellist instead. In this film, Jamie Foxx plays Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia during his second year at The Juilliard School. Ayers became homeless and played the cello and violin in downtown Los Angeles before being discovered by LA Times journalist Steve Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr, who wrote a few articles about Ayers. USA Today has our first look at the two in the film that arrives this December.

Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist

It might be appropriate to call The Soloist this year's Pursuit of Happyness. Both films were released in November and are about the struggles of a homeless genius. However, The Soloist seems much more like an emotional combination of Dreamgirls and Pursuit of Happyness than anything else. The film is being directed by Joe Wright, of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice previously. If you saw Atonement last year, you know Joe Wright can definitely direct. Maybe this will finally be his chance for Oscar glory?

If you're curious, you can read Steve Lopez's actual articles written about Nathaniel Ayers over on A few photos from the set of The Soloist hit back in February as well. DreamWorks is releasing The Soloist on November 21st later this year. Stay tuned for the first trailer and more coverage on this film as we near the release date.

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  • REAL6
    This is a rip off of My Caveman's Valentine with Samuel L. Jackson!!!
  • DCompose
    And Jurassic Park!
  • Djo.
    This is a rip off of Goonies, man. What are they THINKING!!!
  • that guy
    you are all idiots.
  • Djo
    That guy is ripping off Seinfeld. Can't wait to see more Robert Downey. PUTNEY SWOPE REMAKE! Puh-LEASE! (ole' blaxpoitation flick, directed by his Dad. PRICELESS>)
  • Keith
    Joe Wright directing and Robert Downey Junior AND Jamie Foxx starring?!? A dream combination! The idea for the film is not immediately attracting to me but in the hands of these three Im sure it will be incredible. And it will probably garner more than a couple Oscar nom's next year.
  • shondrwe.
    you azz holes this is a true story,about real life poeple who live on the do i know because i was one of them who thy pull off the streets to do some stand in work 4 poeple don,t know real shit if it was rigth in yo face.keep it real and stop with the hateing shit.
  • Sally
    i cant wait for this movie, it will give downey a good chance for an oscar or an oscar nom. these two are great




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