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Forest Whitaker Enters FX Arms Race


Forest Whitaker, who did a season-long arc on "The Shield" in 2006, is reteaming with FX.

The Oscar-winning actor will to executive produce and direct a drama pilot. The show, written by newcomers Matthew Donlan and Jeremy Martin, centers on arms dealers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project will be Whitaker's first TV project as a producer and director since a 1998 ABC pilot called "Black Jaq." His directing credits also include the feature films "Waiting to Exhale," "Hope Floats" and "First Daughter."

Whitaker won the Oscar for best actor this year for his performance as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." He was also nominated for an Emmy this year for his guest role on NBC's "ER."

Cary Brokaw ("Angels in America") and Eric Overmyer ("The Wire," "Law & Order") will executive produce the FX pilot along with Whitaker. Overmyer will also oversee the writing process.

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