Chris Rock and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for a biopic on the life of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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According to Variety, Chris Rock will direct and produce the film, Steven Spielberg will fill the role of executive producer. Universal Pictures supports the film and will pull from the King: A Life biography created by Jonathan Eig. The book is considered to be the “definitive biography” of the civil rights icon, bringing FBI information and interviews to create a “courageous but emotionally troubled individual who demanded peaceful protest while grappling with his own frailties and a government that hunted him.”

There isn’t currently a date set for the film.


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