Forest Whitaker in talks to play Martin Luther King

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Based on a Washington Post article written by Wil Haygood, titled "A Butler Well Served by This Election", this bio-drama tells the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for 34 years, 8 presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made.
May 31st, 2013

Forest Whitaker is in talks to play Martin Luther King.

The Oscar-winning 'Last King of Scotland' actor is being lined up to play the famous American activist in director Paul Greengrass' biopic 'Memphis', according to TheWrap.com.

The film will follow Dr. King's final days as he struggles to balance his personal life and the civil rights movement, as well as his eventual assassination at the hands of James Earl Ray in April 1968. Additionally, it's thought the biopic will focus on the events leading up to his final protest in Memphis, Tennessee and also the aftermath of his death as the FBI mounts a manhunt to find his killer.

'Memphis' is rumoured to be filming in a documentary-style format, similar to Greengrass' earlier film, 9/11 drama 'United 93'.

The biopic has long been in the works, originally being set up at Universal, but it will now be made independently with financing from Abu Dhabi-based Veritas Films.

Dr. King's family previously objected to Greengrass' proposed film about the civil rights leader because of his warts-and-all approach to telling his life story. The family is developing their own biopic with Dreamworks.

Whitaker earned an Oscar for his role as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 2006's 'The Last King of Scotland'.

He is next set to star in historical drama 'The Butler'.