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Forest Whitaker Returns to Jazz as Louis Armstrong

8 October 2008 1:36 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Louis Armstrong (left) and Forest Whitaker (right) I still haven't seen Clint Eastwood's Bird in which Forest Whitaker stars as Charlie Parker, a film he won the Cannes Film Festival best actor award for as well as earned a Golden Globe nomination, but it remains in my Netflix queue. I hope to get to it some time soon as it seems Whitaker is returning to the world of jazz to play yet another icon, only this time he will be directing as well. Ben Child at The Guardian reports that Forest Whitaker will play Louis Armstrong in the first Armstrong estate officially sanctioned biopic of the great jazz singer and trumpet player which he will also direct. The film will be called What a Wonderful World based on Armstrong's well known song and will chronicle the musician's life from his impoverished early days in New Orleans to his death »

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Can Whitaker Play Director?

8 October 2008 8:35 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After playing Charles "Bird" Parker in the movie Bird back in 1988, Forrest Whitaker if finally ready to get back into jazz musician mode. He will be starring and directing a biopic of the late Louis Armstrong's life. Although there is no question Whitaker can act, seeing as how he has an Oscar at his house, his directing skills have not quite reached the pitch of critical acclaim. His past forays into directing include First Daughter, Hope Floats, and (ugh) Waiting to Exhale. I think it's safe to say that his directing skills are questionable. However, the executor of Armstrong's estate, Oscar Cohen, seems to trust his vision, so that's comforting. Variety reports that Cohen has given permission for this picture and will allow filmmakers full access to Armstrong's more personal effects, such as old letters, interviews, and anything else pertinent that they can dig up in the Armstrong files. »

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