Forest Whitaker is set to direct and star in a biopic about Louis Armstrong titled What a Wonderful World for Paris-based Legende (La Vie en Rose).
According to Variety, Ron Bass will pen the original script.
The film is the first bigscreen project to be authorized by the Armstrong estate, and 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.