Will Smith will not longer star in Universal and Legendary Pictures' upcoming adaptation of Marcus Sakey's sci-fi/superhero novel Brilliance. According to reports, the actor has left the project.
With a screenplay by David Koepp, Brilliance is being directed by Julius Onah. The film follows a federal agent with a unique set of skills who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist who is out to start a civil war. Here's a full synopses:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.
Noomi Rapace was rumored to be co-starring alongside Smith. There's no word on whether Smith's departure will have an effect on her remaining on board or passing on the project. Brilliance is being produced by Jon Jashni, Joe Roth and Thomas Tul with Alex Hedlund, Eric McLeod and Palek Patel.
Will Smith can next be seen in the grifter-comedy Focus, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.