Did I miss something?
Music-News.com is reporting that sources close to Martin Scorsese is seriously considering casting Jamie Foxx to play Frank Sinatra in an upcoming bio-pic that he is directing. It is reported that Scorsese came to the decision after seeing similarities between the two stars' lives.
"Magnificent singing voice, totally convincing acting ability, like Frank himself, born the wrong side of the tracks, rags to riches, makes it big against the odds, has his brushes with authority. The guy's a gift."
It had been reported that George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick Jr. (who for the sake of argument would have had my vote for the role), and Leonardo DiCaprio had all be up for the part of the mobbed up 1940's crooner, but the 41 year old Foxx seems to have the role. And while there is that 800 pound gorilla in the room (you know... the fact that Jaime Foxx is black), leave it to those unnamed internet sources to make it all better:
"Cool is color-blind. Jamie would seem to be born to the role."
Truthfully, I have no issue with this casting (other than with film being a visual media and all, and the idea of casting a black dude to portray a white dude in a biographical movie does not seem to jive for some reason). Jamie Foxx is a hell of an actor and truthfully he would be brilliant in the role. But for some reason, while the idea of having Frank Sinatra being portrayed by a black dude is such a brilliant and forward thinking idea , I have a feeling that if Spielberg was to announce tomorrow that he has just cast Tom Hanks to portray Dr. Martin Luther King because "gravitas knows no color" all fucking Hell would break lose.