Hugh Jackman is going to be filling up our screens a fair bit over the coming months. He’s voicing an Easter bunny in the incredibly inner-child attracting* adventure film, Rise Of The Guardians (see trailer here) as well as singing his little heart out in Les Miserables. Now though LA Times are reporting he’s now put his name down to star in upcoming biopic Orders To Kill, a true story regarding a supposed conspiracy surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.
The project sees Jackman having another crack at the civil rights movement with director Lee Daniels after their first effort Selma fell through. This time though, Orders To Kill will see Jackman playing William Pepper, a controversial lawyer whose book is the basis of the film. Pepper for a long time tried to prove the theory that James Earl Ray was not King’s killer but his death was in fact a result of the efforts carried out by the U.S. government and as a result silencing his opposing views to the Vietnam War.
Pepper was backed by the Kings in his battle for the truth and gained a lot of help from Martin’s son Dexter. Eventually a wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in 1999 and will act as the climax of the film. Of course that’s a long way off as so far Daniels has to manage The Butler and Jackman has boomerang chucking Easter bunnies and bread stealing Frenchman to tend to. More on Orders To Kill as they develop.
*that sounded a lot less creepy in my head, promise.