Oscar winner to star in DreamWorks drama
Russ Krasnoff are producing through their Krasnoff/Foster banner. Rikki Bestall is co-producing, and Tim Bevan is exec producer. 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, and that role is about to be cast. Wright appeared on the Hollywood radar after directing the Keira Knightley starrer “Pride & Prejudice.” He followed with “Atonement,” starring Knightley and James McAvoy, which opens the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Foxx, a classically trained pianist, is being taught stringed instruments by a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an entity that figures in the plot of the film. Foxx next will be seen starring in Peter Berg-directed drama “The Kingdom” for Universal.