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Spielberg Has a Dream to Bring MLK Jr.'s Life to the Big Screen

Spielberg Has a Dream to Bring MLK Jr.'s Life to the Big Screen

"In trying to tackle such an ambitious project, the question we had to ask ourselves is, 'Why now?' The answer lies in MLK's own words: 'All progress is precarious.' With every step forward, new obstacles emerge and we must never forget that his life and his teachings continue to challenge us every day to stand up to hatred and inequality." — DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacey Snider on DreamWorks' Martin Luther King Jr. biopic

This news of a movie about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life is indeed timely. Produced by Steven Spielberg, "[t]he DreamWorks project marks the first film to be authorized by King's estate and gives the producers the right to utilize King's intellectual property — including his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech delivered during the 1963 March on Washington — to create the definitive portrait of his life." Apparently Spielberg has long wished to make a movie about the civil rights leader and he is determined to create "a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of."

After the critical success of the Harvey Milk biopic last Fall, it's easy to envision a moving and insightful story about Martin Luther King Jr., another powerful activist whose life was cut far too short. Is there an actor in Hollywood who could aptly portray Martin Luther King? Or perhaps they should look for a total newcomer?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
this is such a great idea - I mean, the movie practically writes itself and Spielberg will do a great job. I always prefer unknowns, but I do like the idea of Terrence Howard. or Tyler Perry (as much as I can't stand his movies; he is a great character actor and he has a really good voice) could probably do it...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
#13, I guess you missed the two previous comments mentioning other black actors. READING ALL OF THE COMMENTS BEFORE CRITICIZING IS KEY!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
#13, I guess you missed the two previous comments mentioning other black actors.READING ALL OF THE COMMENTS BEFORE CRITICIZING IS KEY!
arrowstraite arrowstraite 6 years
If someone's going to do it Spielberg can. I think that it should be a non-actor, but a professional orator.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think a lot would depend on what years in MLK's life the biopic would depict. Tristan Wilds could be a good choice to play a younger MLK.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
terrance howard would have the look, but i'm not too familiar with his work. would he really be talented enough? i wonder if they would start with someone younger then switch to someone older? i love denzel, but i think he's starting to show some age. and will...lol a moustache w/ those big ears!! i love him though!
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
terrance howard would have the look, but i'm not too familiar with his work. would he really be talented enough?i wonder if they would start with someone younger then switch to someone older? i love denzel, but i think he's starting to show some age. and will...lol a moustache w/ those big ears!! i love him though!
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 6 years
I would like to see an unknown actor in this role. If it were Will or Denzel, I think the role of MLK would be influenced by the actors' previous roles (Fresh Prince flashback...) But the problem with an unknown is what if they can't act? I would actually like to see Spielberg partner up with Spike Lee - I think that would provide the movie with a cool, fresh angle.
laceykk23 laceykk23 6 years
i would go with an unknown as well but i also think that Denzel would be amazing as well.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 6 years
I think an unknown would be good, but only if they can really act with the best of them, like Denzel and Will.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 6 years
I think a highly talent unknown would be perfect for this role.
superstar2780 superstar2780 6 years
I think a biopic of this magnitude would be best with an unknown/newcomer in the title role.
Grantz Grantz 6 years
dbanner, your post wasnt there when I started composing minel. I think Terrance Howard would at least get a look. I like him a lot, but, he has let himself get a little over exposed the last year or so.
Grantz Grantz 6 years
dbanner, your post wasnt there when I started composing minel. I think Terrance Howard would at least get a look.I like him a lot, but, he has let himself get a little over exposed the last year or so.
Grantz Grantz 6 years
Denzel Washington or Will Smith, are the only two I could see filling the role. Denzel would probably be my first choice.
Grantz Grantz 6 years
Denzel Washington or Will Smith, are the only two I could see filling the role.Denzel would probably be my first choice.
dbanner dbanner 6 years
Terrence Howard would be a shoo-in for this, surely?
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