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