SHORT CUTS: Foxx Signs Up for "Zebra Murders"

Published October 25, 2007

Posted Oct. 25, 2007 -- Jamie Foxx will lead the cast of "The Zebra Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights" for his fourth DreamWorks project, reports Variety.

Brad Pitt's Plan B and Foxx-King Entertainment are producing. Based on the 2006 book by Prentice Earl Sanders and Bennett Cohen, the story chronicles the series of racially motivated serial killings -- Black on white -- that took place in San Francisco in 1973 and 1974. Jamie Foxx will play Sanders, who was one of two Black police detectives who led the team that cracked the case. During the investigation, Sanders and his partner fought harassment within the police department and organized a union of minority policemen who brought a lawsuit against the city for discrimination, which they ultimately won. Sanders went on to become chief of police.

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Foxx's other Dreamworks projects include the hit ensemble musical "Dreamgirls" and the 2004 thriller "Collateral." He just recently signed on to star in the studio's film "The Soloist," which begins shooting in January.

Faison Joins NBC Drama

Veteran character actor Frankie Faison, best known for his role on HBO's "The Wire," has been cast in an untitled legal drama pilot on NBC. The show follows unapologetic lawyers at Mason & Kent, a prestigious New York civil firm that will do whatever it takes to win its high-profile cases and outmaneuver one another.

Faison, who co-starred as police commissioner Ervin H. Burrell on "The Wire," joins the NBC pilot as Detective Lyle, a veteran homicide cop who is investigating a murder connected to Mason & Kent.

Written by BET-Staff

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