Jamie Foxx has signed to star in Universal Pictures' "The Kingdom," a political thriller being directed by Peter Berg. Universal is eyeing a May production start for the film.

Jamie Foxx has signed to star in Universal Pictures' "The Kingdom," a political thriller being directed by Peter Berg. Universal is eyeing a May production start for the film.

Based on an original idea by Berg and producer Michael Mann, the story centers on Foxx's character, who is leading an elite team of counter-terrorism investigators trying to find those responsible for a deadly bombing attack on American workers the Middle East.

Once inside the previously off-limits desert kingdom, the Americans engage a local police officer to help in their investigation but end up frustrated by bureaucracy and tradition, and find their lives threatened.

Foxx won the best actor Oscar this year for his role in Universal Pictures' "Ray." He can presently be seen in Universal's "Jarhead" and also will star as Tubbs in the big-screen adaptation of "Miami Vice," which Mann is directing for the studio. Foxx will also shoot DreamWorks Pictures' "Dreamgirls" alongside Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy this month.

As previously reported, Foxx will on Dec. 20 release a new studio album, "Unpredictable," via J Records.

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