The Oscar-winning comedian, then ostracized after hitting comedian Chris Rock live on TV, has found his next role.
On March 27, Will Smith won his first Oscar. An event overshadowed by his slap to Chris Rock after a joke by the comedian on the shaved head of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Six months later, after making his mea culpa, Will Smith orchestrates his return in front of the cameras. According to information from the journal Deadlinethe comedian hopes to star in the sci-fi film Brilliancewhich he also intends to produce.
Brilliance takes place in a world where 1% of newborns have extraordinary powers. Federal Agent Nick Cooper (Will Smith) is one of them, and he uses his powers to arrest criminals.
Will Smith is working on the project with producer and director Akiva Goldsman, who also wrote the screenplay. The two men have already collaborated together on successful films like I, Robot (2004), I’m a legend (2007) and Hancock (2008).
His next film in December?
Will Smith hasn’t filmed since the slap, a move that led to his exclusion from the Oscars for a decade (he can still be named). The comedian filmed last year Emancipationan ambitious historical fresco.
Emancipation tells the true story of Gordon (Will Smith), a slave who escaped from a plantation in Louisiana to join the northern army during the Civil War in the 19th century.
A highly anticipated film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), which could earn Will Smith another Oscar nomination. According to some American media, the actor could even win it again thanks to this role.
Long uncertain because of the slap, the release date ofEmancipation was set according to Deadline in December. Apple, which produced the film, will stream it on its AppleTV+ platform.