Whitaker’s “Criminal” Intent!

26 01 2010


Following in the footsteps of many of his acting peers, Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker has decided to spend some time on the small screen agreeing to star in the upcoming “Criminal Minds” spinoff launching this fall.

Whitaker is in final negotiations to star on the new show that will be introduced in the spring on an episode of “Criminal Minds.” The project revolves around a new group of profilers who work outside the FBI bureaucracy. Whitaker will play Cooper, the squad leader. Described as dynamic, mysterious, charming and a father figure to the rest of the team, he is a former star profiler in the Behavioral Unit who has been off the radar for the past eight years.

Most recently, Whitaker received critical acclaim for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television series. He joins established actors such as Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard and others who have raised the star power of network and cable television. 

In addition, Variety reports that Whitaker is planning to direct and star in “What a Wonderful World,” a biography of influential jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong. Ron Bass is writing the script. Oscar Cohen, executive of the Armstrong estate and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation are cooperating and getting producer credits.

The South Central-native won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film “The Last King of Scotland.” Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. He became the fourth African American man to win an Oscar, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx.


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