Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in BRILLIANCE; Octavia Spencer Joins DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT

     May 12, 2014

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It appears that Will Smith has committed to his next project.  THR reports that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, firming up the pic as Smith’s next film.  Scripted by David Koepp (War of the Worlds), the film is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where one percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith plays a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  Rapace will play “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”  Julius Onah is directing the Legendary/Universal film, and production is looking to begin this summer.

Hit the jump for a major casting development concerning the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

insurgent-shailene-woodley-theo-jamesAdditionally, Lionsgate has announced that Oscar-winning The Help actress Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Insurgent in the role of Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction.  It’s a substantial role in the franchise, and it’s encouraging to see an actress of Spencer’s caliber joining the production.  The first film, Divergent, opened to strong box office in March, and Lionsgate subsequently moved forward with plans to complete the feature film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s sci-fi YA trilogy.

Red helmer Robert Schwentke takes over directing duties on Insurgent from Neil Burger, with production set to begin in the coming months.  The follow-up finds Shailene Woodley’s Tris and Theo James’ Four on the run from power-hungry Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), as they begin to uncover secrets about the past and future of their world.

Insurgent opens in theaters on March 20, 2015, followed by the two-part conclusion Allegiant Parts 1 & 2 on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively.

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