Jamie Foxx (Ray) has signed on as the male lead in the musical biopic The Soloist for DreamWorks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) adapted the screenplay.

Joe Wright (Atonement) is directing the project, which is based on a 12-part series of articles by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.

The story centers on Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a homeless musician with schizophrenia who dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Lopez's articles, "From Skid Row to Disney Hall," were published in 2005 and will serve as the basis for an upcoming book by Putnam.