It looks like Robert Downey Jr. may be cultivating a mini-career of playing journalists. First it was Zodiac, and now Variety is reporting that Downey will join the cast of The Soloist, playing a reporter who discovers a homeless violin virtuoso, played by Jamie Foxx.
Downey will play L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez, who finds Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), a homeless man whose schizophrenia derailed his music career. After Lopez writes a column about Ayers, the two become close friends. Charlotte’s Web screenwriter Susannah Grant penned the script, based upon Lopez’ column and books. Shooting is slated to begin in January.