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Forest Whitaker Talks Broadway Debut and Upcoming 'Star Wars' Project

by Amber Wright /

Academy Award winning actor, Forest Whitaker, sat down with the TODAY Show to discuss his Broadway debut in Eugene O’Neil’s classic, “Hughie.” Whitaker said it was “exciting” to tackle the well-written script and receive such a great opportunity for his Broadway premiere.

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The actor plays protagonist Erie Smith, an avid gambler, who spends the majority of the play on stage opposite of only one other actor, Frank Wood.

“It’s very frightening,” Whitaker said of the experience, “It’s quite new for me. I’m trying to get used to it.”

A very method actor, Whitaker revealed he did some research to really get into character and he gave a preview, demonstrating his character’s voice and spitting some 1920s slang.

The Texas native also spoke proudly of his daughter, Sonnet, a musician who had her debut at the SXSW Music Festival this past year with her alternative rock band, Inanna. Whitaker described watching her perform as “overwhelming” as a father.

Whitaker made mention of his role in the upcoming Star Wars film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which comes out next Christmas. While kept a lid on details of the film, he called the movie “an edgy prequel” to the series.

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