Jamie Foxx Joins The Cast of “Signal Hill” As Black Panther Leader Geronimo Pratt – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The triple-threat, actor, singer, and comedian JamieFoxx has officially joined the cast of “Signal Hill,” a film about Johnnie Cochran’s determination to seek justice in the policy brutality case in 1981. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Deadline, Foxx will be joining the likes of Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks and more to tackle the moving story. Mackie will play Cochran, who rose to fame as a legal powerhouse in the case. Banks has signed on as Mary Neiswender, an investigative newspaper reporter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, who investigated the Signal Hill case. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As for Foxx, the actor will be teaming up with Taylor Hackford, the man behind “Ray” for which Foxx won the Best Actor Oscar. In “Signal Hill,” Foxx will play Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, the former Black Panther party leader that was sent to prison for more than two decades for a crime that he didn’t commit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Written by David McMillan, the film centers on the case of Cal State Long Beach star Ron Settles, who had been booked for speeding in L.A. County. However after his arrest, Settles was found hanged in his cell, uncovering a slew of police misconduct and brutality. With Cochran’s legal expertise, the family was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in a civil suit after an autopsy showed Settles was choked to death.