Jamie Foxx to Play Martin Luther King Jr. for Director Oliver Stone

October 10, 2013
Source: The Wrap

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After Warner Bros. and DreamWorks tried for years to get their own films about Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground, in April of 2009, the two studios decided to join forces to make a singular project happen. While Warner Bros. had writer Kario Salem (The Score) researching and writing the script for nearly four years, DreamWorks had already acquired the life rights to King in May of 2009, along with the cooperation of the King estate, and access to King's intellectual property including the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Now The Wrap has an update revealing Jamie Foxx is in talks to play King with Oliver Stone directing.

This will be the fourth film that has focused on an integral political figure for Stone, following his direction of presidential films like JFK, Nixon and W. previously. Lately Stone has been somewhat lackluster with films like Savages and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but maybe this will get him back on top of his game. Foxx and Stone previously worked on Any Given Sunday, and actually marked a turning point in the actor's career. However, while Foxx is a great talent to bring King to life, we can't help but be worried that this will be a glossy biopic on King. After all, King's family is cooperating with this film and not Paul Greengrass' gestating film Memphis, because his depiction of the civil rights leader is said to show some of his great flaws. Either way, you can almost guarantee this will be an Oscar contender when the time comes.

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  • OfficialJab
    Could maybe do better than Foxx? Hard to say. But you could do far worse for sure. Stone is a good call I think.
    • Cal J.
      This could work only if Foxx can transform his look and get the voice right like he did in his portrayal of Ray Charles and Will Smith did as Muhammad Ali.
    Oliver Stone doing what he does best. Looking forward to this.
  • Onechi
    Bad call. They should cast someone else. Maybe a barely known actor? not Foxx!
    • MLTC
      Agreed! I think you should only be allowed to play one real life person and/or superhero in your career!
  • Such heroic nonsense
    I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I was walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were some body else.'




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