Confirming to the Wall Street Journal that Dr. Martin Luther Kings Dream will live on, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps directorOliver Stone just announced today (October 17) that Jamie Foxx will play the iconic Civil Rights leader on the big screen.
“We”re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man,” Stone told the Journal of the film, which is described by the paper as an “authorized version” of MLK”s life story. According to The Wrap, several members of the King family are expected to serve as executive producers.
The director/screenwriter has long been attracted to scripts with historical and political significance, previosuly directing 1991″s JFK, 1995″s Nixon, and 2008″s W. He also worked together with Foxx on the 1999 football drama, “Any Given Sunday.”
Winning an Oscar for bringing Ray Charles to life in the 2004 biopic Ray, Jamie Foxx is by no means a stranger to the biopic genre.