If you’ve seen him in Ray, Jamie Foxx is a known quantity for playing a historically-important role. Now he might be playing another: Martin Luther King, Jr..
The story of Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important in American, if not world history. The face of black rights, Martin Luther King Jr. has since been hailed as one of the most renowned humanitarians and activists in history. His “I have a dream” speech is still often quoted, although not always in context.
Jamie Foxx seems like a great choice for the role, and W., Nixon and JFK director Oliver Stone is also in talks to direct the piece, which will be based on a screenplay drafted by Ronald Harwood and drafted most recently by Kario Salem. Salem is quite the passionate screenwriter, having spent a significant chunk of his career doing the research for the story, and the King family appear to have given this particular attempt at a MLK biopic their support as executive producers.
Stone’s history in biopics is strong, and with Foxx at the front of the cast and Salem behind the scenes, this could really be one to watch. It’ll be a fair contrast from Foxx’s often-discussed role as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but I’m more than content to watch both (although probably not one after the other, that’d be a little weird).