As Colin Firth won Golden Globes for Best Actor playing a British king with a stutter, this King certainly never had trouble delivering a speech. His ‘I Have A Dream‘ speech delivered in Washington DC is surely one of the most memorable speech ever in the history of mankind.
Early last week I was planning on highlighting Martin Luther King Jr day with a clip from a movie about this great American hero. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that there hasn’t been a biopic of him, yet. Say what? He’s got a holiday named after him but not a single feature film has been made about him? I mean, this is a man whose legacy in the civil rights movement — even becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35 — is worth commemorating year after year. I share the sentiment of this EW article headline: Martin Luther King Jr. movie: The latest from the What the Heck Took So Friggin’ Long department
I don’t really have a theory of why a movie on him hasn’t been made (apparently Steven Spielberg’s attempt to produce King Jr’s biopic a few years back has been stalled). Some say that now that we finally have a black president, maybe people are ready for this biopic. Whatever the cast may be, I’m glad they’re finally doing this. Better late than never I suppose.
English director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy & Ultimatum, Unite 93, Green Zone) reportedly is working on a MLK biopic titled Memphis, which will focus on the period of King’s life just prior to his murder on April 4th, 1968 in the titular Tennessee city (per Screenrant). More info from Vulture blog about the possible project:
Insiders tell us that Greengrass wrote the movie — titled simply Memphis — based on his own original research, and that it looks at King’s life while trying to organize the city’s sanitation workers in the spring of 1968, just before his murder on April 4 of that year. If so, that’d make for a much more human portrayal of King than some might expect. By the spring of 1968, King’s personal and professional lives were in disarray: His marriage was faltering; he was chain-smoking, boozing, and packing on the pounds. King’s outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Johnson, and his newfound interest in labor organization and the urban poor put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.
Casting who would play the famous historical figure will probably surface in the coming weeks. But when I was doing the research for this post, my husband thought this guy from Sarah Connor Chronicles, Richard T. Jones. He’s probably much taller but his face certainly has an uncanny resemblance to MLK Jr., don’t you think? Of course they’re more likely going to go with someone more well-known in the film community though, probably Terrence Howard or Idris Elba??
Well, what do you think about this project, folks? Perhaps you have your own casting idea you’d like to share today?