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Forest Whitaker to Direct and Star in Louis Armstrong Biopic

It's a wonderful world for Forest Whitaker.
According to Variety, Whitaker will direct and star in a Louis Armstrong biopic titled What a Wonderful World. The story will have the help of a Paris-based production company, Legende, the company behind another musician biopic, La Vie en Rose.

Some facts:
The movie, which is "the first big-screen project to be authorized by the Armstrong estate, will kick off during the musician's impoverished early years in New Orleans and primarily chronicle his career as a trumpet virtuoso and improvisational singer."

Whitaker's thoughts:
"'Armstrong left a monumental mark on our lives and our culture,' said Whitaker, who portrayed jazz great Charlie Parker in Bird. 'He lived an amazing life and, through his art, shifted the way music was played and would be heard after him, not just here in the U.S. but all over the world.'"

What do you think of movie biopics?
Louis Armstrong's music never fails to make me happy; I can't explain why, exactly. So, I'm interested in a big film about his life. I was recently reading, however, a rundown of all the things wrong with making biopics (they are "more about the lead actor/actress than about the subject," etc.), and there are some valid points there. At the same time, I kind of can't wait to see Whitaker bring Louis Armstrong to life on the big screen. What do you think?

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PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I think Forest Whitaker has done ok directing his movies so far. And I do enjoy his acting. I think he'll do well on this movie.
nadioz nadioz 8 years
he's a good actor but terrible director.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
In the hands of Forest Whitaker, this likely will be great. He exudes quality and class. Looking forward to this one.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I saw Bird when I was a little girl, but I don't remember much of it. I'm sure Forrest will do Louie justice.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Forest would do a good job with this one. But he always does.
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