Whitaker sides with 'Debaters'


Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker continues to fill up his post-Oscar schedule. The actor is in negotiations to star opposite Denzel Washington in "The Great Debaters" for the Weinstein Co. (HR 4/12).

Washington also is on board to helm the period drama, which chronicles the true story of professor Melvin B. Tolson (Washington), who formed a debate team at a small black college in the 1930s. The team went on to beat Harvard in the national debate championships. Whitaker will play the father of one of the debaters and a rival to Washington's character.