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Jamie Foxx Takes the Lead in The Soloist

August 21, 2007, 4:24 am GMT

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will portray a real-life music prodigy who suffered from schizophrenia in DreamWorks Pictures' new drama "The Soloist."

Jamie Foxx

Lauded for his remarkable portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" which gave him an Oscar nod back in 2005, sure it's no wonder to find Jamie Foxx again set to play a real-life musician on the big screen.

Report coming from Variety has revealed that the actor is poised to topline a dramatic feature titled "The Soloist" as a brilliant but mentally troubled musician 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.

Pic will be based on the relationship Ayers formed with Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times reporter who has chronicled the life of the music prodigy on the streets in his columns. Casting is said to be underway for the one to play Lopez in the project.

Production on the movie is scheduled to begin January next year mostly in Los Angeles with Joe Wright directing from script penned by "Erin Brockovich" scribe Susannah Grant. Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff are serving as the producers for DreamWorks Pictures while Rikki Bestall and Tim Bevan is co-producing and executive producing, respectively.

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