Whitaker will direct Louis Armstrong biopic

by Joey Paur

This is great. A biopic is being made about musical legend Louis Armstrong with Forest Whitaker attached to star in and direct. The movie will be called 'What a Wonderful World'. Louis Armstrong was an incredible musician and he left a mark in this world. He had a very heavy influence on jazz, helping shift the style of music from collective improvisation to solo performers. Variety reports:

Film, the first bigscreen project to be authorized by the Armstrong estate, will kick off during the musician's impoverished early years in New Orleans and primarily chronicle his career as a trumpet virtuoso and improvisational singer.

"Armstrong left a monumental mark on our lives and our culture," said Whitaker, who portrayed jazz great Charlie Parker in "Bird." "He lived an amazing life and, through his art, shifted the way music was played and would be heard after him, not just here in the U.S. but all over the world."

"What a Wonderful World" will begin shooting in the summer in Louisiana.

Cohen, who began working for the musician in the late '40s as his road manager, is granting the filmmakers exclusive access to his personal accounts as well as to letters and other material in the Armstrong archives.

In addition to his role as a pioneering musician, Armstrong appeared in more than 30 films.

I am also a huge music geek as well. So when you mix a musical legend with film, I can't help but get a little excited. Armstrong was the ultimate Jazz master. He played the cornet and trumpet virtuoso. And how could you forget his distinctive gravelly voice. As an influential singer he was an amazing improviser, by bending a songs lyrics and melody for expression. It is said he is one of the most important American musicians of the 20th century.

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