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Jamie Foxx in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Oliver Stone is also in talks to direct.

Steven Spielberg will produce along with Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi, while several members of the King family are expected to serve as executive producers on the project.

Kario Salem wrote the script, while Ronald Harwood penned an earlier draft.

DreamWorks acquired the rights to King’s story in 2009 along with the rights to his “I Have a Dream” speech. In April 2011, the company decided to team up with Warner Bros., which had been developing its own MLK movie with Salem, who spent three years doing research and interviews to inform his screenplay.

Foxx and Stone previously worked together on “Any Given Sunday” back in 1999.

UPDATE: Director Oliver Stone has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story.

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