An MLK biopic will soon be in the works and we want to know who you think deserves the title role.

It was just announced that Steven Spielberg is set to produce a new big-screen biopic of slain civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the first time the King family has authorized a film, and it means that the movie has rights to use MLK's "intellectual property," such as the full text of his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech.

Do you have a dream of who would be the perfect actor to play MLK in what promises to be a high-profile portrait of the iconic figure?

No one has been named as a candidate yet, so we've come up with some possibilities of our own. Read through ours, then vote for which you think should be crowned to portray King.


It was just announced that Steven Spielberg is set to produce a new big-screen biopic of slain civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the first time the King family has authorized a film, and it means that the movie has rights to use MLK's "intellectual property," such as the full text of his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech.

Do you have a dream of who would be the perfect actor to play MLK in what promises to be a high-profile portrait of the iconic figure?

No one has been named as a candidate yet, so we've come up with some possibilities of our own. Read through ours, then vote for which you think should be crowned to portray King. -- By Angie Argabrite


Denzel Washington
Denzel knows biopics: He's portrayed Malcolm X, an unjustly imprisoned boxer ('The Hurricane'), a segregation-fighting football coach ('Remember the Titans'), a Harlem drug lord ('American Gangster') and more. In other words: He got range.

Will Smith
He's played boxing champ Muhammad Ali (an MLK follower and compatriot) and a down-on-his-luck single dad ('Pursuit of Happyness'). He's said he'd be a natural to portray Barack Obama in his life story (and vice versa -- Obama could play him); we bet he'd happily add another historical figure to his repertoire.

Jamie Foxx
Known as a comic actor before he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles, Foxx continues to take on dramatic roles -- a homeless schizophrenic music prodigy is the latest, in 'The Soloist.' We trust he's got the chops, but does he have the gravitas?

Don Cheadle
This chameleon's been in blockbusters (the popular 'Ocean's' movies), heartbreaking dramatizations ('Hotel Rwanda'), political thrillers ('Traitor'). We only worry that his latest gig, as Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (a role played by Terrence Howard in 'Iron Man') will keep the actor so busy he won't have time to take on MLK.

Terrence Howard
After years of toiling, Howard finally broke out -- as a pimp trying to get by in the acclaimed 'Hustle & Flow.' Then he landed a prime berth in the next big superhero joint, 'Iron Man' ... until he was replaced (why, we may never know). What we do know is that may've opened up Howard's schedule, so the MLK movie might fit right in.

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Forest Whitaker
Whitaker bears no resemblance whatsoever to MLK, but a little thing like that didn't stop the British actor from turning in an Academy Award-winning performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 'The Last King of Scotland.' He didn't have to look like Amin to make us believe his fierce portrayal.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
This Brit has at least two things that recommend him to having a shot at winning the role of MLK. First, he bears a striking resemblance to King (unlike our previous nominee), and second, he appeared in the Spielberg-directed historical drama 'Amistad.' Connections like that never hurt.

Idris Elba
He's recently shown his comic side, with a guest arc on 'The Office,' and starred opposite Beyonce in the 'Fatal Attraction'-ish 'Obsessed.' But before that Elba was best known as Stringer Bell in the gritty HBO drama 'The Wire.' Perhaps Elba could finally make the A list if he were to get plucked for this part.

Derek Luke
The youngest of this group, Luke showed promise in his first film, 'Antwone Fisher,' a based-on-real-life drama directed by Denzel Washington for which Luke won an Independent Spirit Award. Luke's undoubtedly got a long career ahead of him, and how better to really kick it off than with such a high-profile project?

Mos Def
Def's a long shot, but he's quietly been building a solid resume: The erstwhile rapper's held his own opposite such seasoned actors as Edward Norton ('The Italian Job') and Halle Berry ('Monster's Ball'), amongst many others. If he can't act in the film, we hope he'll at least get to contribute some original music.



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