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Forest Whitaker to Executive Produce Angela Davis Biopic For Codeblack Films

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By: Briana Phipps

We all know him from such great films as “The Last King of Scotland” and will be seeing him soon in some sure to be great films, and now we can add another to the list.

Forest Whitaker has jumped onboard Codeblack Films’ untitled Angela Davis biopic as an executive producer, reports Variety.

Lionsgate’s Codeblack in 2016 picked up the movie rights to “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” and set up the project with Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose credits include “Fruitvale Station,” which Whitaker also produced, and “Dope.”

Sidra Smith, a producer on the 2012 documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” and Codeblack Enterprises CEO Jeff Clanagan are also serving as producers on the project.

Davis, 73, is serving as an executive producer along with her niece Eisa Davis, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in drama for her play “Bulrusher.”

Whitaker was last seen in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Arrival.” He’s starring in the heist thriller “Finding Steve McQueen,” Johnny Depp’s police thriller “Labyrinth,” and Marvel-Disney’s “Black Panther.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.