Jamie Foxx has come a long way from his role as Ugly Wanda, who would “Rock Your World” on the early 90’s sitcom “Living Color.” He arrived on the scene as an outrageously funny and talented comedian, and the world was surprised when they learned he was multi-talented. Much more than a comedian, he could sing and he could act. Since then, it’s been hard to be surprised by anything Foxx does, but even his fans have to admit, they’ve been a little bit disappointed by the trajectory of his acting career.
After starting his movie career in low budget slap stick movies like “Booty Call,” Foxx showed his full range of talent in the starring role in the biographical film “Ray.” He had been imitating Charles in his standup routine for years, and he was a natural for the role. In addition, Foxx, like Charles, was a classically trained pianist. His portray in the role was so strong, it won him a Best Actor Academy Award.
Following Ray, Foxx took an interesting array of roles with mixed results. The military action film “Stealth” (2005) with Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel was a critical and financial dud. That same year, he garnered some critical praise for his turn as a marine serving in the Middle East in “Jarhead“(2005) with Jake Gyllenhaal, but the movie failed to attract much of an audience.
Then there was another mediocre movie, the 2014 remake of the musical “Annie.” While the movie earned young actress Quvenzhane Wallis a Golden Glove nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, the film won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-of or Sequel. Despite generally negative reviews, the movie was a box-office success, grossing over $133 million internationally.
After a series of disappointments, Foxx fans have a lot to look forward to in 2017. Foxx will be all over the big screen in 2017 with three, possibly four, big screen releases.
Here’s what Foxx fans have to look forward to.
“Sleepless,” Feb. 24, 2017 release
“Sleepless” is an action thriller and Foxx has the starring role. In it, he plays undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stake web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
“Baby Driver,” March, 17, 2017 release
“Baby Driver” is a crime-based action film in which the lead character, named Baby because of his young-looking face, is a getaway driver for different bank robbers. One day, he gets in trouble when a bank robbery goes wrong, putting him on the run from various parties. The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, and Kevin Spacey, as the crime boss Doc who coerces Baby to work for him. Among Doc’s go-to professionals are John Hamm, as a party animal Buddy, and Foxx, as Bats, his gun-slinging cohort.
“Robin Hood: Origins,” release date not set
In this gritty take on the classic tale, Robin Hood returns from fighting in The Crusades and finds that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. Foxx will star as Little John, also a battle-hardened but war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out distrustful of Robin Hood (they fought on opposite sides), and then warms to the young hero.
“All-Star Weekend,” release date not set
This film, currently filming in L.A., may not make a 2017 debut date but, it’s a project close to Foxx’s heart. With acting, writing and producing credits already to his name, Foxx is poised to add another feather to his cap with this project, a dramedy that’ll stand as his directorial debut. Foxx will star in the movie along with Eva Longoria, and a cast of celebrities who are set to make cameo appearances.
Foxx wrote the screen play, that has him staring as one of two tow-truck drivers – Malik, played by Foxx, and Danny, played by Jeremy Piven. The two think they’ve struck gold when the land a pair of tickets to the NBA All-Star Game. As life-long basketball aficionados, it’s a dream come true for Malik and Danny, but en route to the big match, they ross paths with Asia Longoria, a beautiful mystery wrapped in an enigma who appears to be masking an ulterior motive. Comedic hoodwinks and shenanigans ensure, and cameos are expected from Snoop Dogg, The Game, DJ Khaled, French Montana and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. There are even rumors of appearances by Lebron James and Steph Curry.
This is the kind of movie that won’t likely when Foxx or the movie any acclaim or awards, but it will certainly appease his fans, make big dollars at the box office, and fill Foxx’s pockets with dough.