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Morgan Freeman to play Colin Powell in upcoming war drama

19 Octobre 2017

Morgan Freeman is taking on the role of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in Powell, a biopic from Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment. He initially opposed former President George W. Bush getting the USA involved in the Middle East, and Powell - who was the first-ever African-American Secretary of State - later came to regret his words as the evidence he based them on was discredited. The evidence he presented was later discredited, and Powell has described the event as a low point in his career.

Powell will explore the statesman's life leading up to his United Nations presentation.

The actor himself will be executive producing alongside Revelation's Kelly Mendelsohn, and Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr of Hyde Park.

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In the meantime, Freeman, whose company Revelations has previously produced films including Invictus, in which he portrayed Nelson Mandela, can be seen in several upcoming projects, such as comedy Cold Warriors alongside Rene Russo and Tommy Lee Jones, and Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in which he'll play the famous character Drosselmeyer.

Considering Marshall is garnering good reviews from critics, Hudlin is certainly an upcoming director and combined with acting clout of Freeman could make this new biopic one to look out for. He is repped by CAA.

The Hudlin and Freeman film is based on a well-rated script that placed highly on 2011's Black List, an annual ranking of most-liked unproduced screenplays as voted for by Hollywood producers and insiders; also on the list that year were Django Unchained, The Accountant, and The Imitation Game.

Morgan Freeman to play Colin Powell in upcoming war drama