Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray. The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which h…
Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray.
The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which he also co-wrote with Donald Ray ‘Speedy’ Caldwell.
According to Deadline, the film follows two brothers who become pastors at different churches in the same community. One brother develops his church into a modern, high-tech congregation that uses digital devices and cash machines, while the other takes a humbler path but soon finds his church in decline and in need of financial help.
The deal was negotiated by Philippe Diaz, founder and chairman of Cinema Libre Studio, as well as president of the Hong Kong-based Fight to Fame Films committee, which are both producing the project.
“It’s a great honour to work with such a talented and passionate man as Jamie Foxx and I’m pleased to have our new, Fight to Fame partners onboard which will give Jamie the total freedom to make this film which is close to his heart, thus launching this new unique collaboration,” said Diaz in a statement.
“Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood superstar – but audiences around the world love him as well. Our strong relationships in China and other Asian countries will ensure that When We Pray will be enthusiastically received by Asian moviegoers,” added Carrie Wang, chairman of Fight to Fame.
Production will begin on the project sometime before the end of the year.
Foxx was recently seen playing wrongly convicted Death Row inmate Walter McMillian opposite Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy, for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He will next be heard voicing the lead character in Disney/Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul.
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Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him. In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row fo…
Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him.
In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row for six years, until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, took on his case and appealed the conviction.
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Foxx explained that he was honoured to shine a light on McMillian’s story and all those who have been unjustly incarcerated, such as his own father.
“When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances,” he shared. “He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, ‘Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,’ and he has been living with me for 20 years now.
“Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, ‘You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'”
Jordan helped produce the movie after reading Stevenson’s memoir about his work getting wrongly convicted people off death row, and Foxx heaped praise on his co-star for helping make Just Mercy, as well as starring in other films which are led by African-Americans.
“I commend Michael for making this movie. If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence. When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul,” the 52-year-old gushed.
Just Mercy is in cinemas now.
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Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. However, it…
Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.
The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
However, it was his role in Ryan Coogler’s film Fruitvale Station in 2013 that catapulted Jordan to superstardom, and the actor has gone from strength to strength ever since, starring in movies such as Fantastic Four, Creed, and Black Panther.
And he’s determined to make a lasting impression on Hollywood and plans on turning his hand to making movies.
“I see a world where I’m just directing,” he told Time magazine in a new interview. “Or maybe doing a movie once every two or three years.
“How you make the most impact is: become the biggest. Build your brand so it’s global, so you can attack global issues. Every move matters.”
Next up for Jordan is Just Mercy, starring Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.
Jordan plays the young attorney to Foxx’s McMillian in the movie, which he also co-produced, and wants audiences to be inspired to make a difference after watching the powerful film.
“I want people to feel angry, upset, passionate, sad, inspired and optimistic that you can make a difference,” he stated. “When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”
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Brie Larson is reportedly in final talks to join Michael B. Jordan in upcoming drama Just Mercy.The movie is based on lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s autobiographical 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which recounts the true story of hi…
Brie Larson is reportedly in final talks to join Michael B. Jordan in upcoming drama Just Mercy.
The movie is based on lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s autobiographical 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which recounts the true story of his experience of fighting for equal justice in a flawed legal system. The work received critical acclaim and went on to win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction, as well as being ranked as the number one New York Times Bestseller.
Michael will be playing the gifted young lawyer, while Jamie Foxx has signed up to play Walter McMillian, an African-American pulpwood worker who was wrongly convicted of murder and facing death row, prompting a 28-year-old Stevenson to take on his case.
Though Brie’s role, which was confirmed by Variety, is so far unknown, her addition to the case will see her reunite with director Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed Short Term 12 in 2013, in which the Oscar-winning actress played a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.
The filmmaker co-wrote the Just Mercy script with Andrew Lanham – who previously teamed up to write another of Brie’s films, The Glass Castle.
The Black Panther star will also be producing the feature alongside Gil Netter and Asher Goldstein, both of whom have also worked with Brie before.
Production is scheduled to begin next month (Sep18) in Atlanta, Georgia, and is being conceived by Warner Bros.
In the meantime, the Room star is preparing to make her debut as superhero Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel next year, followed by the fourth Avengers movie. Production wrapped on her standalone film early in July.
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