Catching up with Forest Whitaker


It looks like 2015 is going to be a big year for Longview native and award-winner actor Forest Whitaker.

The 53-year-old plays a role in three new anticipated films of the year as well as adding to his directorial repertoire. 

“Taken 3,” starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Whitaker, is set to release January 9. The film revolves around Bryan Mills (Neeson), an ex-government operative accused of a murder he didn’t commit, and his journey to find the true killer and clear his name. Whitaker takes on the role of Franck Dotzler, the police inspector leading the hunt for Mills.

With an exact release date to be determined, “Southpaw” features Jake Gyllenhall, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, and Whitaker. The film is a story about a boxer (Gyllenhall) fighting his way to the top – all the while his life is falling apart around him. Whitaker’s character Titus “Tick” Willis offers guidance to the boxer as an amateur trainer.

Whitaker will exercise his directorial skills and star in Lionsgate’s adaptation of the best-selling novel “The Shack.”

“The Shack” is about a man whose daughter is abducted and assumed murdered. Years later, the man receives a note from God asking him to meet at the shack where evidence of his daughter’s murder was found.

Production for the film is projected to start in the spring, it is not yet known which character Whitaker will take on.

For news on the actor’s upcoming films and projects, Whitaker is regularly active on Twitter @ForestWhitaker and consistently keeps his fan base up-to-date.

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