Adam McKay won’t be the only one to tackle the biopic of a U.S. politician, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Morgan Freeman will be starring as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in the biopic Powell from director Reginald Hudlin.
The script was written by Ed Whitworth and will follow Powell during his time as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s presidency. Powell has an infamous role in the U.S.’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003 by making a presentation to the United Nations that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, an assertion he at first denied and were later proven false. Powell will follow the lead-up to Powell’s UN presentation.
Freeman will also executive produce the film with Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Amritraj and Addison Mehr and Revelations Entertainment’s Kelly Mendelsohn. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry has been cast in the same role for Adam McKay’s untitled biopic on Bush’s Vice President, Dick Cheney.