An actor who has been in the game as long as Forest Whitaker has wracked up some pretty impressive credits to his resume. Now Whitaker could be adding the iconic role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his CV thanks to Memphis.
Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatium) calls the film, which will be shot documentary-style, his ‘passion project’ as he will not only direct the film, but he penned the script as well. Unfortunately for Greengrass, DigitalSpy reports that King’s family disapproves of the late civil rights leader’s planned portrayal in the film.
Memphis will follow the last days of Dr. King including the civil rights moment, his personal life and the last protest march in which he participated in Tennessee. The film will also simultaneously show the wiretapping of King that was occurring by the FBI and the hunt for Dr. King’s killer following his assassination.
The film will be financed thanks to Abu Dhabi-based Veritas Films and French financier Wild Bunch.