Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) is heading to the White House Cabinet in a new indie biopic about former army general and Secretary of State Colin Powell. “Powell,” a 2011 Black list screenplay by Ed Whitworth, centers on his time in the White House up to Powell’s speech to the UN, seeking support for Bush’s plan to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power. The excuse–later proved to be false– was Hussein’s plan to develop nuclear weapons for Iraq. According to THR, Powell described the speech as a record low in his political career. Powell served as the 65th U.S. Secretary of State for President George W. Bush for 4 years, becoming the first black American to do so.
Reginald Hudlin (“Marshall”) will direct the biopic for Ashok Amritaj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment; Amritah and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s production partner, will produce. Executive producers Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr from Hyde Park will helm the project alongside Revelation’s Kelly Mendelsohn.
Freeman and Powell are the same age and household names in their own right. Freeman is one of Hollywood’s most recognized actors, earning an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby,” 2 Golden Globes and 76 awards nominations during his 53 year long career. He even snagged an Oscar nomination for previous historical biopic “Invictus,” in which he played Nelson Mandela; Freeman’s production banner Revelations Entertainment also produced “Invictus.”
This won’t be the only time Powell is portrayed on film. Tyler Perry (“Madea” series) is set to play the former Secretary of State in Adam McKay’s upcoming film about former Vice President Dick Cheney, according to Coming Soon.
No premiere date for “Powell” has been released.