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Hugh Jackman to Lead ‘Orders to Kill’ for Lee Daniels

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Hugh Jackman and director Lee Daniels tried to get a movie made about the civil rights struggles in America a couple years ago, but they’ve now found a different tack: ‘Orders to Kill’ focuses on a lawyer who believes that the shooting of Martin Luther King was a conspiracy.

And – as the L.A. Times notes – it’s virtually impossible to hear that description and not think of Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK.’ And as they report:

The picture will follow Pepper over the years as he wages a one-man campaign, interviewing witnesses and building support for his theory that other interests, including those from the U.S. government, were behind the 1968 Memphis killing.

Lee Daniels is a director of some fascination, as his early film ‘Shadowboxer’ is a camp classic, while his ‘Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire’ became an Oscar winner even after a certain amount of backlash kicked in. His latest film ‘The Paperboy’ played Cannes and got wildly different reactions, with some calling it “high camp” and others labeled it “inept.”

This is serious subject matter, and it’s possible that even if Daniels’ earlier films have a touch of camp that this is the sort of project that will be done with such earnestness that it’s going to be fascinating to watch.

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