Bizarrely, Hugh Jackman and Lee Daniels have been trying to make a movie about the civil rights movement for some time. Two years ago, Jackman was working on Selma, which would’ve starred the Australian actor as segregationist sheriff Jim Clark, but then that was presumably lost somewhere in development. Now, the latest is Orders to Kill, based on a book by William Pepper, an attorney who set out to prove that Martin Luther King’s assassination was the product of a government conspiracy. Apparently the movie will hinge on a 1999 trial where a Memphis jury actually found a restaurant owner Loyd Jowers and “governmental agencies” responsible for King’s death.
But you know what would be waaaay better? If Jackman played the iconic civil rights legend himself; clearly he’d be into it if he wants to make a movie about civil rights so bad. The filmmakers could use some kind of reverse White Girls technology to make Jackman look the part, or better yet, they could pull an I’m Not There and cast like 12 different actors to play MLK. In addition to Jackman, here’s what a great cast might look like: Cedric the Entertainer, Tom Hardy, 2 Chainz, Steve Buscemi, the cast of Girls, Anderson Cooper, Lou Diamond Phillips, the guy who starred in Roc, the Raismans, and every actor whose ever portrayed Bobby Draper on Mad Men. I smell Oscar!