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Jamie Foxx Will Play Martin Luther King Jr In Oliver Stone-Directed Biopic For Dreamworks/WB

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 10, 2013 7:30 PM
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Jamie Foxx

This is a surprise!

It's been about 2 years since we last published an update on this project; it looks like there's finally some movement, and this time, with an actor and director set!

First, a quick recap...

In April 2011, The Score writer Kario Salem was hired to pen the script for the DreamWorks/Warner Bros biopic on Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time, Salem was said to have already put three-and-a-half years worth of research and interviews into a screenplay for Warner Bros, and would be writing a new screenplay with the support of King's estate.

DreamWorks initially acquired the life rights of the civil rights leader in May 2009, with Sam Nappi, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones on board as producers. The project has the full support of the King estate, as noted, unlike other MLK projects, with Dexter King, Bernice King and Martin Luther King II executive producing.

The still untitled DreamWorks/Warners biopic now boasts Oliver Stone as director of the film, with Jamie Foxx starring as Martin Luther King Jr. - a move that will hopefully speed up the process, given how much time has already passed since the project was first announced.

As for plot, the story will follow MLK from his rise to civil rights leader, all the way to his assassination in 1968. 

This is one of at least 4 MLK projects that have been at some stage of development over the last 4 years, since this site was founded. The highest profile of them (and most likely to see completion) being: Paul Greengrass's Memphis, which we learned most recently that Forest Whitaker will star in; Lee Daniels was replaced by Ava DuVernay on Selma, with David Oyelowo attached to star; And, of course this Dreamworks/WB project, which now has Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx attached - two actors who certainly aren't strangers to films based on real-life historical figures.

It's been quite a biopic-announcement-heavy year hasn't it? With Foxx starring and Stone directing, this could present another Best Actor Oscar nomination (or even win) for the actor.

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  • Bforreal | October 11, 2013 10:24 PMReply

    Wow. Smh. I just don't know what to say about this hot mess.

  • dancelover51 | October 11, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    I hope the same people that cried about Zoe Saldana will be crying about this casting as well. Jamie looks nothing like MLK.

  • BluTopaz | October 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    I hope the same people who like to bring up false analogies will find a new hobby in 2014.

  • Akimbo | October 11, 2013 10:50 AMReply

    I'm not here for this.

  • August Wasoba | October 11, 2013 2:45 AMReply

    Tambay, really with the booty call clip? if you're gonna do that, at least be fair and balanced and include a clip from Ray, you know the movie that he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He's not a bad actor, he's actually good when he's not messing around. He wouldn't be my first choice, but seeing as how there are a million MLK movies in production right now, this is just one among many. Also, I know that I'm a broken with this, but how about reserve judgment until we see the movie. He's not a bad actor, so he might actually do a good job. I'm just saying....

  • Agent K | October 11, 2013 10:50 AM

    I agree with CC. That clip had me laughing

  • CC | October 11, 2013 9:21 AM

    I didn't take the clip as a judgement call. I believe Tambay was simply adding a little humor to an otherwise straight forward post.

    And, if I am not mistaken, although Tambay seldom champions comedies, I believe Booty Call is one of his favorites.

  • Winston | October 11, 2013 8:59 AM

    Jamie, is that you?

  • August Wasoba | October 11, 2013 2:59 AM

    broken record*

  • Miles Ellison | October 10, 2013 10:25 PMReply

    So s this film actually about Martin Luther King? Or is he going to be used as background scenery while we are regaled by the exploits of some marginal white nobody?

  • Ed DuRantne | October 10, 2013 9:24 PMReply

    I think Zoe Saldana would be a better choice.

  • Ed DuRante | October 10, 2013 9:25 PM

    I misspelled my name. Ed DuRante.

  • Wayno | October 10, 2013 8:51 PMReply


  • Agent K | October 10, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    Is Steven Spielberg still involved?

  • bob | October 10, 2013 7:42 PM

    It's Dreamworks, so probably so.

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