Jamie Foxx is after that little, shiny gold statue again. The actor is returning
to the musical biopic genre that won him an Oscar.
He will play a brilliant but mentally troubled musician in a movie based on the true-life friendship between Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.
According to reports, Foxx has signed on to "The Soloist," a musical biopic that Joe Wright ("Pride and Prejudice") will direct at DreamWorks.
The story centers on a homeless musician with schizophrenia who dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich") adapted the screenplay.
Lopez's 12-part series articles, "From Skid Row to Disney Hall," were published in 2005 and will serve as the basis for an upcoming book by Putnam.
Now that's a role I wouldn't mind watching Wanda in. Last year when rumors spread that he would depict Bob Marley on the big screen I was left floored. I don't know about you but the image of Jamie rocking a dreadlock lace front (think Mekhi Phifer in '8 Mile') didn't sit well with me.