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Jim Brown Biopic In Development. Who Should Play Him?

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 15, 2012 8:05 PM
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Jim Brown

Producer Hal Lieberman (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Vacancy) has acquired rights to football legend/actor Jim Brown's life story for a feature film that will be written by Bob Eisele (The Great Debaters) and directed by Jonathan Hock, (primarily a director of documentaries like Lost Son Of Havana and Michael Jordan To The Max).

The package is being shopped around currently, according to Deadline.

I’ve been a fan and follower of his career over my lifetime, and there is 50 years of history under his belt,” Lieberman said.

Given the credits of the above trio (producer, writer, director) I'm not really sure what to expect here. 

So here's the million-dollar question: who should play Jim Brown? What young black actor can properly work this? 

Or better yet, who will play a young Raquel Welch when they reenact the making of 100 Rifles :)

No word on when we can expect to see this. Lots still has to happen before a single frame is shot.

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  • chazman | February 26, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    Actor Cassius Willis. Over 6ft tall and is a dead ringer for Jim Brown. Seen in many tv shows and commercials. Most recently the show REVENGE.

  • Alex | February 21, 2012 6:44 PMReply

    Easy Eva Mendes for Raquel Welch.

  • Anthony E. | February 18, 2012 3:14 PMReply

    Anthony Mackie, in the picture you posted his visage shines through and looks so much like him in this photo.

  • Jug | February 16, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    Me....Damnit LOL

  • urbanauteur | February 16, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    Derek Luke

  • Donella | February 16, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    So hard to cast such a larger-than-life figure (and who could match the physical presence).

  • WhatUpDoe | February 16, 2012 7:05 AMReply

    I agree with Nique, mostly everyone whose been mentioned is too old for the part.

  • get these nets | February 16, 2012 1:06 AMReply

    in fact..MJW did play a composite of Brown/The Hammer/ Jim Kelly in Black dynamite

  • get these nets | February 16, 2012 1:00 AMReply

    Michael Jai White physically is the first name that pops up...

  • Tian Richards | February 15, 2012 11:00 PMReply

    Chiwetel Ejiofor or Lamman Rucker.

  • Nique | February 15, 2012 10:51 PMReply

    It has to be an unknown. Everyone is either too old, too small, or not good looking enough. I would love to see this film. Jim Brown is more significant than Ali.

  • Sergio | February 15, 2012 10:44 PMReply

    NO ONE could even come close to playing Jim Brown. No man is that masculine enough (especially now - black men are WAY too soft) Brown is the hard core definition of black masculinity

  • Kay | February 15, 2012 9:06 PMReply

    Hands down Lamman Rucker!

  • Vanessa | February 15, 2012 8:25 PMReply

    Idris Elba comes to mind. Maybe they should go with an unknown. Whoever they pick, if they do re-enact "100 Rifles", it's going to be tough to re-create that Welch/Brown chemistry. Those two were hot!

  • Quintin Lundy | February 15, 2012 8:12 PMReply

    Do they have to go young? Ving Rhames jumps out at me immediately. He could certainly play the later years.

  • Mark | February 16, 2012 12:21 PM

    Then they would have to find a younger person who looked like Rhames.

    All too often, films will cast black folks who look nothing like each other to play younger/older pairs.

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