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Colin Powell Biopic Casts Its Lead

Hot on the heels of Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Forest Whitaker will be taking on another real life Washington figure. The actor, who previously won an Oscar for portraying Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, will play the role of Colin Powell in an upcoming film that will focus on the former Secretary of State’s role in the run-up to the Iraq War.

The screenplay for Powell, written by Ed Whitworth, landed on the influential “Blast List” of unproduced scripts back in 2011. At the time, the description said the film is “based on the true story of Colin Powell questioning the Bush administration leading up to his United Nations presentation where he made the case for going to war with Iraq.”

Whitworth’s script for Reyjavik, about the 1986 Reykjavik summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, is also currently in development, with Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz set to star.

On top of portraying Powell, Whitaker has also been in talks to take on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic called Memphis from director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). With roles like these, there could be more Oscars in Whitaker’s future.

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