Back in June of last year, Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant was tapped to write the next inspiring Hollywood biopic. This time around, it's about the struggles of Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles who suffers from schizophrenia, but also happens to be a talented violinist who once went to Julliard. The script has since been finished (it is now called The Soloist), Joe Wright (Atonement) is directing and musical biopic wonderman Jamie Foxxhas been cast as Ayers. The big remaining role was that of Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist who befriended Ayers and brought his story to the masses. Forget about resemblance, instead of finding a look-alike, Variety has reported that DreamWorks has singled out Robert Downey Jr. for the part.

With this cast, the film is sure to titillate the biopic crazy who love beautiful music in the face of adversity. It's also almost destined to be pretty damned good -- how could it not be with Downey Jr.? The guy can pull off anything from a singing detective to a body full of hair. But the production won't gear up until early next year, probably to hit for the Oscar push in late 2008. In the interim, we can catch him as Tony Stark in Iron Man next May, and in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder next July (a flick that happens to have been co-written by Justin Theroux.)
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