The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. Powell later described the event as a low point in his career.
Colin Powell’s tenure saw him as the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position.
Marshall Director, Reginald Hudlin is set to take the helm on the biopic which has been penned by Ed Whitworth, Ashok Amritraj’s and Lori McCreary will serve as producers.
Hudlin, is no stranger to the biopic, his most recent film, Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad – which is out in cinemas this week – is a biopic which centres on Thurgood Marshall time as a young lawyer representing a rape, attempted murder and kidnapping suspect. Marshal was the first African-American to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Freeman, who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Invictus in 2009, was last seen alongside Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in Going in Style. He will also be appearing in Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.