Yet, a new music-themed movie staring Foxx has resurfaced. This one called "The Soloist" about Nathaniel Ayers. Nathaniel is a cellist. He studied at Julliard. Two years into his training there he developed schizophrenia. When journalist Steve Lopez met him on the streets of Skid Row, he was playing a two string violin as it fit neatly into his shopping cart. All who've heard him play attest to his immense talent. Members of the LA Phil and the Disney Concert Hall reached out to him, offering an apartment and lessons (summary from Beckylooo).
The film will co-star Robert Downey Jr, presumably as LA Times reporter Steve Lopez. (There's another repeat role, as Downy played a newspaper-reporter-role in the serial killer film Zodiac)
The lack of typecast is in the director, who is Joe Wright. Wrights previous efforts have been the Keira Knightley films Pride and Predjudice and the upcoming film Atonement.
As of yet, this project doesn't sound too enchanting to me, whil Iam sure it is a touching real life tale, it sounds like an inspirational made for TV movie, but I know some are already excited about the trio of Foxx, Downey, and Wright working together.
For me, I will settle for episode 3.15 of House MD called "Half-Wit" where (the) Dave Matthews stars as a pianist savant. Although not a real story, the episode has a texture of uniqueness to it, that both grabs you and challenges you in a way that's different than the sounds of this inspirational biopic.