Forest Whitaker Unsure About Tackling Role Of Martin Luther King For New Film

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August 14, 2013 | 2:15pm EST

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker has distanced himself from reports suggesting he is set to portray civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. in a new biopic.
The Last King of Scotland star had been in talks to tackle the lead role in Paul Greengrass’ Memphis, about the final days of the activist’s life before he his 1968 assassination, but the actor doubts he will be the one to help bring the project to fruition.
During an interview on breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday, he said, “They spoke to me about it, but it’s not anything that’s set up for me to be doing.
“I hope that that story gets told, though I’m not sure that it will be me, but I think that it will be great for someone to really let us explore that experience of a great man.”