By EW Staff
Updated October 25, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Ray: Nicola Goode

Why we can’t wait to see ”Ray”


WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Who doesn’t love Ray Charles? This biopic is, sadly, all the more timely after the soul pioneer’s death in June.

THE PREMISE Charles overcomes poverty, blindness, heroin addiction, and racial barriers, while helping to invent R&B music as we know it.

SOURCE Charles reportedly served as an adviser on the film and got to screen the final cut before he died. ”He loved it,” says star Jamie Foxx (pictured)

THE BACK STORY Foxx is best known as a comic actor, but he took his preparation for this role very seriously — he even blocked out his own vision for several weeks of shooting by wearing prosthetics modeled after Charles’ own eyes

BURNING QUESTION After serious roles in ”Any Given Sunday” and ”Collateral,” can Foxx finally get recognition as a dramatic leading man, not to mention an Oscar nomination?

COME FOR The uplifting true story

STAY FOR The uplifting music, as simulated by accomplished pianist Foxx