Whitaker talks Louis Armstrong biographical film
Forest Whitaker is one diverse artist, and leaping from Repo Men to a biographical film about Louis Armstrong is the kind of move you would expect from him.
What a Wonderful World looks set to be his next film with him acting and directing, however he's revealed that although he will be playing Louis Armstrong, he's not going to be the only one.
”We'll start shooting in April next year hopefully. I met with my producers in Paris two days ago and was worried because my budget was so high [but] they assured me it was ok.”
The concerns over the budget seem to be unfounded, and frankly you have to be wondering why there's a big fuss about the budget considering that the film won't be boasting tons of special effects and big sequences. Perhaps it's because the budget will be used on actors as Whitaker reveals to Empire through The Playlist, that he won't be the only man playing Armstrong.
The film will follow the entirety of the life of the famous artist from his birth, through his poverty filled upbringing, all the way through his fame filled years to his death. Now that's an autobiographical film.
"It covers his whole life but more from a myth point of view - it's told as two different myths of the same person."
Now that's interesting, the film may not be a straight up true retelling of the man's life and sounds like it's going to be an interesting take on the Louis Armstrong that we know through the songs and the legend and the real man himself.
Sounds great, and with Forest Whitaker behind and in front of the camera, you have to be excited for it.