Whitaker signs up for gangster flick ‘Mr Untouchable’

November 14th, 2007 - 8:16 am ICT by admin  
The actor will be playing real life Harlem heroin dealer Leroy “Nicky” Barnes.

The Showtime project is based on helmer Marc Levin’s just-released Magnolia documentary of the same name.

Variety reports that Whitaker and Levin will be executive producers on the pic, with David Burke penning the script and also serving as exec producer.

The series will tell the story of how Barnes built a drug empire in the 1970s that rivaled that of the Italian Mafia. It will show how he rose to great heights, but with his success coming at the expense of his Harlem community.

The pic will also detail the government’s war on drugs and how it failed for years to bring Barnes down. (ANI)

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