Forest Whitaker to Direct and Star in Louis Armstrong Biopic

Looks like Forest Whitaker could very well be bidding for Oscar contention once again next year with an upcoming biopic that should be a great role for him. Variety reports that Whitaker has signed on to star as jazz legend Louis Armstrong in What a Wonderful World. The movie will start with Armstrong’s early years in New Orleans and then from there chronicle his rise to fame.

Whitaker won’t just be starring in the movie, however — he is also directing. It’s not Whitaker’s first time behind the camera, either. He previously did Waiting to Exhale, Hope Floats and First Daughter (among others). The movie is being written by Ronald Bass (Dangerous Minds, What Dreams May Come) and will be produced by Oscar Cohen, executive of the Armstrong estate who has access to his many letters and personal archives. Sounds like the movie should be a jazz fan’s dream come true.



  • the guy who walked the moon or the gy with the bikes? :)

  • David

    He also played Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s “Bird.” It was a terrible movie, but a great performance by Whittaker.

  • This is awesome. I’m a huge Louis Armstrong fan– I just wonder if he’ll legitimately be able to pull off the voice (when speaking, not singing, I mean.) It could come off a bit strange… but I will give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.