Will Smith Drops Out of BRILLIANCE

     May 29, 2014

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Will Smith appeared ready to commit to Brilliance as his next project.  Earlier in the month, Noomi Rapace entered talks to co-star and director Julius Onah was gearing up to start shooting this summer.  Smith has instead thrown a wrench in Legendary and Universal’s plans by deciding to drop out.  According to Deadline, “the exit came down to timing.”  The report does not specify, so I wonder which of Smith’s countless projects takes priority if the actor does film something in the coming months.  Smith will next be seen as a grifter in the February 2015 release, Focus.

David Koepp‘s Brilliance script is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name that takes place in a world where one percent of the public (called “brilliants”) are born with heightened cognitive abilities.  Brilliance is the first in a planned trilogy.  Read the book description after the jump.

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. [Amazon]

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  • The Flobbit

    Will Smith drops out of brilliance.

    Story of his recent life, eh?

  • Redjester

    Good, now hopefully they can hire someone with talent for a change.

  • Cyberpunk14

    Will Smith hasn’t been so much brilliance the last few years. And this is another proof of that.

    • replying to idiots

      “Will Smith hasn’t been so much brilliance the last few years”… either I’m not brilliant or this snarky comment makes no sense whatsoever

      • Cyberpunk14

        Replying to Dull
        It makesa lot of sense you didn’t get it, Will Smith fanboy.

  • 80sRobot

    Wonder why he dropped out.

    • Stefan Bonomo

      Either A: They didn’t pay him enough.
      B: He wasn’t the focus of the film
      or C: He wanted to have his kids in the film, and they said no.
      Or all of the above.

  • Atlasshruggedmyass

    What in the fuck is thus man doing with his career?! He doesn’t have any real scheduling conflicts cause he can’t seem to commit to anything( Redemption of cain, The city that sailed, Brillance, etc). He must be going thru his that movie star mid-life crisis phase.

    • joe

      His daughter was caught in bed with some guy, posted pics all over the net and he and jada are being investigated by the LAPD. That might be keeping him busy OR he dropped out b/c he wants Jaden in it and no one wants to watch jaden smith in a movie.

      • Atlasshruggedmyass

        I suspect “Jaden Smith” not being able to play his son and the ID sequel is the reason he also dropped out of that film. Because fox wants “Michael B Jordan” to play his son and Will Smith wont go for that.

        20th Century Fox is actually grooming and developing MBJ to be the next “will smith”.

  • Phil

    Probably they didn’t want to cast his son, so he quit /s

  • Steven

    He probably wasn’t allowed to kill the bad guy and dropped out. :/

    Will Smith is terrific but he’s been making some really dopey decisions lately.

  • LEM

    Smith dropping out usually means it’ll be a good movie.

  • alk

    Will smith ‘s brilliance…lacking.

  • Person

    Will Smith drop out of Brilliance, movie now has a shot at being watchable.

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  • cbtaylo

    This looked like a fabulous project, surprised he dropped out of another potential great movie…..disappointing. Looks like there are a lot of folks pissed at him on this post.

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