Morgan Freeman to play Colin Powell in Reginald Hhudlin-directed biopic
Morgan Freeman will take on the role of former Secretary of State Colin Powell in “Powell,” a biopic from Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reginald Hudlin, fresh from his Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall,” will direct the drama, which will be produced by Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations Entertainment.
Ed Whitworth penned the script set during Powell’s tenure as Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration.
Powell, who went from respected Army general to the first African-American Secretary of State, initially opposed the U.S.’ 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 Nations Security Council. The evidence he presented was later discredited, and Powell has described the event as a low point in his career.
The film will also cover the lead-up to his UN presentation.
Freeman, who is also executive producing the project, last appeared on the big screen in the crime caper comedy “Going in Style” and will appear in Disney’s upcoming fantasy “The Nutcracker” and the “Four Realms.”