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Following in the footsteps of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, the latest musical superstar to get the big-screen biopic treatment might be R&B godfather Sam

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Who Should Play Sam Cooke in His Biopic?

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Following in the footsteps of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, the latest musical superstar to get the big-screen biopic treatment might be R&B godfather Sam Cooke--today Billboard reported that a screenplay has been completed and the search is officially on for a director for the Cooke film.

The bad news: The screenwriters are Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who wrote that miserable "Beatles movie" Across the Universe.

The good news: Clement and La Frenais adapted their screenplay from Peter Guralnick's definitive Cooke biography, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. Hopefully that means the film will be factual and cover all points along Cooke's brilliant and tragic timeline: gospel beginnings, soul megastar, civil-rights activist, and premature death by homicide.

The big question is, who's going to play the handsome Cooke?

My good colleagues here at SW and I have assembled the following list of possibilities, with some disregard for plausibilities:

  • Blair Underwood: A reasonable option--the resemblance is there, and Underwood is due for a big move from TV to movies. Also I just Wiki'ed him and learned that he is from Tacoma, like me, so I'm rooting for him out of solidarity.
  • Scottie Pippen: In his acting debut!
  • A fatter Mos Def: Not that Sam Cooke was fat; Mos Def is just bones.
  • Jamie Hector: aka Marlo from The Wire--meaning he knows how to do drama.
  • Young Denzel: Denzel would've been perfect . . . 10 or 20 years ago.
  • Anthony Mackie: He's really good in Half Nelson and The Hurt Locker.
  • 50 Cent: He's been in movies!
  • Sportscaster Marques Johnson: He's not really an actor, but Rick Anderson says he's Cooke's "dead-ringer bro."
  • Jay Pharaoh: Yeah, he's a comedy guy, but his celebrity impersonations on SNL (Denzel, Lil' Wayne) are so incredibly dead-on it's scary. And Jamie Foxx, of course, started out in comedy too . . .
  • Will Smith: Because, Will Smith.
The dramatic material's all there--one of these guys could be pulling a Foxx and walking away with an Oscar for this film. Any other ideas?

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