If Kwame Kilpatrick’s story was made into a movie, who would be cast?
So, WDIV had this interesting bit about Kwame Kilpatrick allegedly shopping around his autobiography to Hollywood producers about making the story into a big-budget film.
Wayne County prosecutors can only hope that they can cash in on those box-office receipts if this pans out. Local 4 reports that Kilpatrick’s team is looking to start production after he’s released from prison.
Let’s play fantasy casting director: Who would play Kilpatrick in the film? And, taking it a step further, who would play the other cast of characters in the
former Detroit mayor’s life?
Here’s our suggestions — and you can add yours in the comment section below.
1. Craig Robinson as Kwame Kilpatrick: Same build, same age, same looks — and they both have criminal records. While we know about all of Kilpatrick’s misdealings, the “Hot Tub Time Machine” funnyman has a rap sheet of his own: Drug possession and drinking and driving. Other suggestions: Morris Chestnut, Idris Elba.
2. Mo’Nique as Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy: The Academy Award-winning actress showed she had dramatic chops in “Precious.” Playing the relentless prosecutor could be another highlight on her resume. Other suggestion: Viola Davis, Pam Grier.
3. Nia Long as Carlita Kilpatrick: Tough casting on this one, as there’s plenty of actresses who can fill the role of the supportive political wife. But Long stands out since she herself has stuck by her man in tough situations. Other suggestions: Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige.
4. Cicely Tyson as Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. Because you have this: …and then you have this: There’s no competition here. Other suggestions: Dionne Warwick.
5. Michael Imperioli as Attorney Norman Yatooma. Just so you “Detroit 1-8-7” fans can see Imperioli back in Detroit again. Other suggestions: Russell Crowe, Tom Gores.
Let’s take it a step further with some other Detroit notables who might show up in the flick, shall we?
6. Bill Cobbs (also known as the old black man who shows up randomly in seemingly every other film) as Bernard Kilpatrick. Cobbs’ specialty is dispensing advice to the lead character in the film — as Bernard did with son, Kwame. Other suggestions: Bill Cosby, Clifton Powell.
7. Nicole Ari Parker as Ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty: We saw how sexy Parker could be when she steamed it up with Boris Kodjoe on the “Soul Food” TV series. Given the nature of Beatty and Kilpatrick’s relationship, we think Parker can bring that same kind of spice to this flick. Other suggestions: Jada Pinkett Smith, Thandie Newton, Jasmine Guy with lots of makeup.
8. Tasha Smith as Former Councilwoman Monica Conyers: I feel like Tyler Perry should pay me royalties if he ends up taking the reins of this film. Smith is used to playing brash, loud-talking and assertive characters, so stepping into Conyers’ shoes shouldn’t be a stretch. Other suggestions: Regina King, Regina Hall.
9. Jermaine Jackson as former DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb: And then Rhonda Walker can report on Jackson’s journey back to Motown. Other suggestions: Bill Cosby, since they’re such good friends.
10. Morgan Freeman as Sam Riddle: A no-brainer. Other suggestions: If only we could create some type of Samuel L. Jackson-Morgan Freeman hybrid in a cloning machine…
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