Just when all memories of awards attention seeking and ego building were fading nicely into the back of my mind I had to read this one headline to bring back the horrors of the 2004 Best Actor race.
Jamie Foxx is set to star in a musical bio pic.
I thought the days of seeing that man up on a podium doing the impression of a constipated rhino while getting the audience (for shame all of you) to participate were behind me. Alas it appears I was wrong.
Jamie Foxx will star in DreamWorks' drama “The Soloist.”
The movie tells the true story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown L.A., where he performs the violin and cello.
Foxx can be a very charismatic and capable actor, but he has let his ego go completely out of control. This seems like a very difficult role, very “Shine”esque, and Fox could very easily blow it.
Then again, if a good director is on board, then all could go well. which appears to be the case. The film has been salvaged with the news that “The Soloist” will be directed by Joe Wright. With “Pride and Prejudice” already on my DVD shelf, and “Atonement” set to stun, we will see Wright set his sights on a more contemporary setting, and see if his magic will follow.
The script, written by Susannah Grant, is inspired by columnist Steve Lopez's relationship with Ayers and his upcoming book.
Lopez will be a character in the movie; that role has not yet been cast. Foxx, a classically trained pianist, is being taught stringed instruments by a cellist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
To put this story in a nut shell, look for Foxx to be invited back to the Oscars. Meryl learned the violin for “Music of the Heart” and got a nomination, so can Foxx with this competent director and screenwriter (please note I am not saying he is as capable as Meryl…that would be sacrilege)
Lets just hope he doesn’t play on the podium.