CATEGORIES Drama, Casting, Deals, Noir, Mystery & Suspense, Fox Searchlight, Movie News, CinematicalIt's always tricky for an Oscar winner to pick their next projects. You can either follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks and win yourself two in a row, or you can end up in Catwoman and only have a Razzie to show for it. Variety has reported that Forest Whitaker, fresh off his win for the role of dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, is in talks to star in The Night Watchman with Keanu Reeves. Directed by David Ayer (Training Day) and written by novelist James Ellroy (LA Confidential) the story follows a LAPD officer in the midst of a crisis of conscience about what he has done in the name of "law and order". Whitaker will be joining the cast as the chief of the elite squad that Reeves is a part of -- although I can't say I am exactly sold on the idea of Reeves as a battle hardened cop.
It seems that Whitaker is steering clear of any other big-budget productions though, as his next two projects are independent features. He will be starring with Kate Beckinsale and fellow Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley in the upcoming Winged Creatures, and has also signed for the Tim Bui drama Powder Blue. Production on The Night Watchman is set to begin this May.