Posted by · 2:57 am · May 18th, 2009

From this morning’s Telegraph (among other sources):

Jamie Foxx, the African-American actor, singer and comedian, has been named as a potential contender for the role of Frank Sinatra in Martin Scorsese’s biopic of the entertainer.

Foxx, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray, reportedly considered to be “perfect” for the role. If he is chosen for the part, it will be one of the most prominent examples of “colour-blind” casting in Hollywood history. Also in the running are George Clooney, Leonardo di Caprio, Harry Connick Jnr and Justin Timberlake.

They forgot to mention Dakota Fanning.

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  • 1 5-18-2009 at 3:45 am

    Glenn said...

    Wow, I wasn’t aware that this had actually gone out to more reputable sources other than the IMDb article I wrote about on my blog. Absolutely absurd.

  • 2 5-18-2009 at 4:25 am

    adam said...

    Reputable? The Telegraph just quotes what the Daily Express wrote. I wouldnt consider the Express to be reputable.

    I’m surprised the Daily Express actually had time to make stuff like this up. They are normally too busy making up endless false headlines about the McCanns and Princess Diana.

  • 3 5-18-2009 at 4:30 am

    Guy Lodge said...


  • 4 5-18-2009 at 4:48 am

    Alex said...

    I would buy Jim Carrey or George Clooney in the role of Frank Sinatra – both of them are brilliant when they act, less so when they coast along on their established screen personae.

  • 5 5-18-2009 at 4:51 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I keep thinking of Ewan McGregor for some reason. No resemblance at all, but something in the demeanour.

  • 6 5-18-2009 at 6:03 am

    Joel said...

    In the words of Adrian Monk, “Let me explain something to you:……….nooooo.”

    And in the words of Adrian Monk again, “No–no–no–not–no–not–noooooo–no–no–he’s–no.”

    And in the words of Adrian Monk for a third time, “This would be a bad, bad, bad idea…bad, bad, bad, baaaaaad, bad, bad.”

    And in the words of Jim Carrey’s Grinch, “Holiday Whobie Whatie?”

  • 7 5-18-2009 at 6:07 am

    Glenn said...

    It’s a shame David Strathairn is too old.

  • 8 5-18-2009 at 6:26 am

    RichardA said...

    Re: Dakota Fanning.
    Were you referring to Fanning role in The Secret Lives of Bees ?

  • 9 5-18-2009 at 9:22 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Richard: Um, no.

    It was a throwaway line. Not sure what you’re getting at.

  • 10 5-18-2009 at 9:36 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    IMDB had this up too. Idiotic. I still think DiCaprio is the best choice. Otherwise Chris Pine? * hides*

  • 11 5-18-2009 at 9:47 am

    Troy said...

    “I would buy Jim Carrey or George Clooney in the role of Frank Sinatra ”

    Both would be fine choices.

  • 12 5-18-2009 at 10:55 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I can’t claim this idea as my own — someone just suggested it to me in conversation — but if they’re focusing on young Sinatra, James McAvoy would be terrific.

  • 13 5-20-2009 at 5:40 pm

    madi said...