Jamie Foxx has been cast in the upcoming Johnnie Cochran film Signal Hill.
Foxx is set to play Black Panther leader Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt who features prominently in one of the cases handled by the celebrity lawyer.
Signal Hill will be centered on the 1981 wrongful death case of college football star Ron Settles. Signal Hill police ruled that Settles had hanged himself in a city jail cell in despair over his arrest for speeding, but Cochran suspected foul play and persuaded the Settles family to request that the body be exhumed for an autopsy, which showed Settles had been choked to death.
The Settles family was subsequently awarded $1 million in a civil suit against the Southern California city. Cochran is best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson in the 1995 murder case in which Simpson was acquitted.
Cochran represented Pratt in helping to overturn a conviction that sent Pratt to prison for 27 years for a 1968 murder he said he didn’t commit. Pratt was freed in 1997 when his conviction was vacated due to the prosecution having concealed evidence. Cochran was also involved with settling a false imprisonment suit for Pratt for $4.5 million in 1998.