Robert Downey Jr. Joins the Cast of ‘The Soloist’

Starring alongside Jamie Foxx in the fact-based drama about a violin prodigy.
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DreamWorks has set Robert Downey Jr. to star with Jamie Foxx in The Soloist, the Joe Wright-directed fact-based drama about a violin prodigy, according to Variety. Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) wrote the script.

Downey will play Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles Times columnist who discovered Nathaniel Ayers, a downtown L.A. homeless man who was a skillful violinist. After learning that Ayers was a prodigy until schizophrenia made it impossible to continue, Lopez wrote columns about the musician and developed a relationship that changed both their lives.

Shooting begins in L.A. in January. The film is based on Lopez's columns, as well as a book he wrote that will be published by Putnam next spring.

The Soloist was released April 24th, 2009.


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