Forest Whitaker will direct and star in Louis Armstrong biopic What a Wonderful World for Paris-based Legende, the company behind La Vie en rose.
Variety says Legende’s Alain Goldman is producing alongside Edward R. Pressman.
Ron Bass, who will write the original script, is executive producing with Oscar Cohen, executive of the Armstrong estate and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
The film 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.
What a Wonderful World will begin shooting in the summer in Louisiana.