Belfast Telegraph

Foxx in Martin Luther King talks

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Martin Luther King in a biopic that Oliver Stone is negotiating to direct and Steven Spielberg to produce.

The Django Unchained star could take the lead role in the film based on real-life events that has the support of the King family, according to The Wrap.

Jamie and Oliver have previously worked together on 1999 American football drama Any Given Sunday and are both Oscar winners.

Dreamworks acquired the rights to the story and Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech in 2009 and in 2011 linked up with Warner Bros where a similar film was being developed.

The project is the only one to have won the King family's support, unlike Paul Greengrass's competing film Memphis which gives a warts-and-all portrait of him.

Another upcoming film, Selma, will star The Butler's David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King.

Oliver has previously directed politically-themed biopics JFK, Nixon and W.

Jamie recently starred in White House Down, is currently filming a part in the Annie remake and can be seen next year in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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