Oliver Stone Aiming To Make MLK Biopic With Jamie Foxx

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Oliver Stone has developed a well known reputation as a director who sticks to real-life influence. He has brought such films as The Doors, JFK, Nixon, Platoon, Alexander, and World Trade Center to the big screen, and won the Oscar in 1990 for Best Director for Born On The Fourth Of July. So it’s no surprise that his next project would be a biopic about the late Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., potentially starring Jamie Foxx in the lead role as King. Foxx proved himself an agile and noteworthy actor in 2004 with his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic by Taylor Hackford, and with the King family supporting the film (much as Ray Charles and his family was behind the Taylor Hackford project), Stone may get to make his movie sooner than he thought. Several attempts have already been made to get a King biopic underway, including a film from The Bourne Ultimatum and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass, but stories and plot lines have been rejected and the King family is clearly more in favor of a film that shines a positive light on the famous figure instead of a script that may be more “honest” in some aspects of his life. I’ve never been a huge fan of Stone’s films, but Foxx would make a good choice to portray King. Forrest Whitacker’s name has also been tossed around, so we’ll see what happens.

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