Hugh Jackman has just finished stealing bread and singing about it on Les Miserables and is currently busy getting all stabby on The Wolverine, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have time to tackle some serious issues as well. In this case, teaming up with Oscar nominated director and producer Lee Daniels (Precious) to reveal a conspiracy behind the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Based on William F. Pepper’s nonfiction book, the film will follow Pepper – played by Jackman – as he tries to prove that the confession of King’s killer, James Earl Ray, was false and to uncover the truth about exactly why the great American civil rights champion, who was a personal friend of Pepper’s, was assassinated.
With production only just begun on Jackman’s The Wolverine and Daniels still busy wrapping up his next film, the romantic drama The Paperboy, it’s not certain when this project will actually get going.
Being familiar with the James Earl Ray’s story and the huge questions surrounding him, I can say that this could be a very interesting film, drawing immediate parallels with Oliver Stone’s JFK (which while not completely factual, was riveting to watch).
Here’s the book’s synopsis:
Here is the myth-shattering expose which reveals the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr… Shocking and controversial revelations from James Earl Ray’s attorney On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped out onto the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and into his killer’s line of fire. One shot ended Dr. King’s life and forever changed the course of American history — setting into motion a massive cover-up that has withstood a quarter-century of scrutiny. Now, after 18 years of intensive investigation, William F. Pepper tears away the veil of subterfuge that has hidden the truth of King’s death — proving the innocence of convicted assassin James Earl Ray and revealing the evil conspiracy behind the murder of our nation’s greatest civil rights leader.
Last Updated: August 1, 2012