Morgan Freeman Set to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

Posted 2017/10/18 0 0

Morgan Freeman is reportedly poised to play Colin Powell in an upcoming biopic about the former secretary of State.


Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, whose on-screen resume already includes multiple portraits of high government officials, will play former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in the biopic Powell from director Reginald Hudlin, who is coming off the Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall. The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news, writes: "Powell, who went from respected army general to the first African American Secretary of State, initially opposed the United States’ invasion of Iraq, not believing dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. But he capitulated to hawkish voices in the White House and made a now infamous case for war to the United States Security Council. The evidence he presented was later discredited and he has described the event as a low point in his career. The script tells of the lead-up to his UN presentation."

The movie will be produced by Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations Entertainment. Ed Whitworth wrote the script that was on the 2011 Black List and is set during Powell’s tenure as Secretary of State in the George W. Bush White House.

It’s not the first time Freeman, 80, has played a top government official. The Academy Award winner, who voiced a 2016 ad for then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, portrayed a fictional president in 1998’s “Deep Impact,” a Speaker of the House in the 2013 movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” who became vice president for 2016’s “London Has Fallen,” and a Supreme Court justice on CBS’s “Madam Secretary.” Freeman is also known for his work in films like Glory, The Dark Knight trilogy, The Sum of All Fears, Now You See Me and Million Dollar Baby, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. He was nominated for his roles in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption.

Colin Powell will be a character in another upcoming film. Tyler Perry will play the role in the upcoming untitled Dick Cheney film from Adam McKay. The Colin Powell biopic Powell doesn’t have a release date yet.