Jamie Foxx Takes On Another Musical Biopic With The Soloist

As long as he doesn't make any in-character appearances on anyone's records, we're happy.

The last time he performed in a musically themed role, he won an Academy Award for his trouble, and one good biopic deserves another, so Jamie Foxx has just signed on to star in The Soloist, a film about a prodigy whose career is derailed by the onset of schizophrenia.

The prodigy in question, Nathaniel Ayers, started showing symptoms of the disease during his second season at Julliard, and ended up on the streets of Los Angeles, where he plays violin and cello for passersby under what he believes to be the protection of the spirit of Beethoven. Ayers got the public's attention through the work of an LA Times reporter named Steve Lopez, whose columns (and upcoming book) formed part of the basis for the movie's script -- which was written, according to Variety, by Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant.

The article also mentions that the film will be directed by Joe Wright, previously known for directing the Keira Knightley projects Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Foxx is already studying stringed instruments under the direction of a cellist from the L.A. Philharmonic. The star, who will turn 40 in December, will need to undergo a bit of a transformation to play a second-year Julliard student, as well as that same student more than 30 years later, but he's certainly got the dramatic chops to pull it off. To read one of Lopez's columns about Ayers, follow the second link below.

Source: Variety
Source: LA Times

Comments

claymsu

Clay Addy

So his role in DREAMGIRLS wasn't "musically themed"? He sang and danced. I would consider that musically themed, and no academy award there. Just a minor quibble.

Aug 17 - 07:07 AM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

You have a point.

Aug 17 - 07:11 AM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

You have a point.

Aug 17 - 07:11 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

I think Jamie Foxx can be pretty good, but he really can't seem to pull off the tough guy roles. They just don't work for him. This could be good.

Aug 17 - 10:16 AM

voxoverguy

T Penny

I think Foxx is an overrated minstrel act. He got lucky with "Ray" because he can do imitation/impersonation very well and is a genuine musical talent. It was his first and last Oscar.

Aug 17 - 07:03 PM

supafly006

Fulton Singleton

Your comment doesn't even make sence. You say he is overrated but then go on to say he is great at imitation and is a musical talent. How can you call someone overrated and then compliment him in the same sentence.

Aug 17 - 07:23 PM

villain78

Enrico Banson

"minstrel act," huh?

Aug 18 - 12:59 PM

supafly006

Fulton Singleton

Your comment doesn't even make sence. You say he is overrated but then go on to say he is great at imitation and is a musical talent. How can you call someone overrated and then compliment him in the same sentence.

Aug 17 - 07:23 PM

Callpacas

Khim Lo

don;t we have anymore capable black stars?

Aug 17 - 10:37 PM

villain78

Enrico Banson

"minstrel act," huh?

Aug 18 - 12:59 PM

GLADIATOR MONKEY

S D

Overrated simply means that his %u201Ctalents%u201D aren%u2019t deserved of the praise they garner. You can be talented and be overrated at the same time. Consequently, I also think he%u2019s insanely overrated. Foxx%u2019s talents, what ever else they be, certainly don%u2019t extend to convincing portrayals of more cerebral characters. It%u2019s genuinely embarrassing to watch him in cringe-worthy attempts at a more intellectual air for some of his roles/characters. That pseudo serious voice he affects and the unintentionally comical pompousness of his speech is gut wrenching and unwatchable. Those roles would be better served by many other, much more deserving, actors. But, as Hollywood is not a society founded on merit, or talent for that matter, I fear we will continue to be deluged with hopelessly inept actors, often ruining otherwise well intended films, with their miserably cliched and stilted performances.

Aug 18 - 07:47 PM

thamoviemann

Wesley Williams

Jamie Foxx is a excellent actor

Aug 19 - 06:29 PM

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