By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
I have questioned Jamie Foxx's decision making abilities ever since he put that tattoo on his head. Nice, now grow your hair out and hide that sh*t. Wait, it was a fake? Then I like him again! (I was temporarily put off, however)
Ready to hit the screen with The Kingdom, Foxx has been picked up by DreamWorks to star in The Soloist.
Foxx for The Soloist
The Soloist is based on the true story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown L.A. where he performs the violin and cello.
Yes, whacked out artists make great stories.
Joe Wright will direct The Soloist off a script by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).
The drama is based on the relationship the musician developed with Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times reporter whose column informed the script, as did a book Lopez is writing that Putnam will publish in the spring. Lopez will be a major character in the film, though nobody has been cast for the role just yet.
If you have seen any of Foxx's stand-up performances then you already know he is a trained pianist -- a funny one too. Since the character can also play the cello, Foxx is currently being taught stringed instruments by a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Soloist will begin filming January, most of which will take place in Los Angeles.