Actor Jamie Foxx has already proven he can convincingly play an iconic figure with his Academy Award-winning portrayal of music legend Ray Charles from the 2004 film “Ray”. It appears the “Django Unchained” star will get another opportunity to bring a cultural icon back to life on the big screen. According to The Wrap on Thursday, Oct. 10 Foxx is in discussions to play the late civil rights legend Martin Luther King Jr.
The role could potentially reunite Foxx with his “Any Given Sunday” director Oliver Stone who is also said to be in negotiations to helm the MLK biopic for Warner Brothers and Dreamworks. The article notes that members of the King family would serve as producers on the project along with Steven Spielberg and Suzanne De Passe.
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If the project does happen Foxx would join a notable list of acclaimed actors who have depicted King on film. The late Paul Winfield played the civil rights activist in the Emmy nominated mini-series “King” from 1978 and “Boardwalk Empire” actor Jeffrey Wright starred as King in the 2001 HBO movie “Boycott”.