Jared Leto taking Will Smith's role in Brilliance

News Simon Brew 18 Jun 2014 - 06:34

UPDATE: Will Smith has walked away, but it looks as if Jared Leto is set to star in upcoming sci-fi Brilliance...

UPDATE: We're now hearing that Jared Leto is the frontrunner for the role that Will Smith has vacated in Brilliance. Leto, who won an Oscar earlier this year for his work in Dallas Buyers' Club, is set to take the project on. It'll be a major leading role for the actor. Here's our original story...

When Will Smith turned down the chance to reprise his role in Independence Day 2, it looked as if he'd opted to make a different science fiction movie instead. He'd been heavily linked with the movie take on Marcus Sakey's book Brilliance, a mix of sci-fi and superheroes that tells of the small proportion of the population that have special gifts, and become known as 'brilliants'.

Smith had been linked with the role of federal agent Nick Cooper in the film, whose talent is hunting down terrorists. And the project had also been linked with Noomi Rapace.

Now comes the news though that Brilliance, which already had a writer (David Koepp) and director (Julius Onan) in place won't be featuring Will Smith after all. It's being reported that Smith has now departed the project, although inevitably it's unclear just how attached he was to it in the first place. That said, Deadline reports that scheduling problems have caused the parting of the ways.

The plan was to get the film shooting this summer. Whether that remains the case is also unclear. More as we hear it.

Deadline.

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