Try to keep this one straight: Morgan Freeman recently played the chief justice of the United States on “Madam Secretary,” a CBS show about a fictional secretary of state — and now the actor, who has also played a fictional president, House speaker, senator and even God — is taking on the role of Colin Powell, a (duh) real-life former secretary of state.
Whew. Freeman has been cast in the titular role in the upcoming “Powell” from director Reginald Hudlin, who is just off the Thurgood Marshall biopic “Marshall,” per the Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Reporter says that “Powell” will focus on the then-secretary of state’s famous address to the U.N. Security Council in which he asserted that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, a momentous claim that turned out to be based on faulty information — and one Powell would later admit was a “blot” on his record.
We have to say the casting of the gravelly voiced actor as the four-star general and first African American to serve as the nation’s top diplomat is a way more logical casting choice than Tyler Perry as Powell (the “Madea” star will take on that role in a movie about Richard B. Cheney, which stars Christian Bale as the powerful Veep.)