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Whitaker to Direct and Star in What a Wonderful World

Published October 8, 2008 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Putting all Whitaker's Academy roles aside, who remembers when he played the big brother in Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Talk about a film that's due a sequel! And, if you remember the exact cast to be seen in the high school comedy, you will agree that the sequel would contain one of the most ensemble casts ever. Well, I don't know if it can beat the ensemble over at Dazed and Confused, but you get my point. Wait - where was I?

Forest Whitaker! Right...


Forest Whitaker for What a Wonderful Life


Whitaker is looking to get both behind and in front of the camera for the Louis Armstrong biopic titled What a Wonderful World. Whitaker will direct and star in the first bigscreen project to be authorized by the Armstrong estate.

Written by Ron Bass, What a Wonderful World will focus on the musician’s impoverished early years in New Orleans and primarily chronicle his career as a trumpet virtuoso and improvisational singer.

Why an Armstrong movie now? Hard to say, but who can turn down an actor like Forest Whitaker; especially when he is so amped on the project.


"Armstrong left a monumental mark on our lives and our culture. He lived an amazing life and, through his art, shifted the way music was played and would be heard after him, not just here in the U.S. but all over the world."

What a Wonderful World is set to begin filming next summer in Louisiana.

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