Jamie Foxx has signed on to star in the musical biopic “The Soloist” for DreamWorks reports the trades.
The story centers on a homeless musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, who developed schizophrenia in his second year at Juilliard and ended up homeless on the streets of downtown L.A. where he performs the violin and cello and dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Susannah Grant (“Eri Brockovich”) adapted the screenplay from a 12-part series of Los Angeles Times articles by Steve Lopez. Lopez developed a friendship with Ayers, and will serve as a major character in the film.
Foxx, a classically trained pianist, is being taught stringed instruments by a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic which also is a part of the film. Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) is on board to direct and shooting will begin in January around Los Angeles.