A few weeks ago, Will Smith dropped out of the sci-fi thriller Brilliance. 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 was set to play 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. Noomi Rapace is on board to co-star as “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”
Today, THR is reporting that Jared Leto is in early talks to replace Smith. After taking a six-year break from acting to focus on his music career, Leto returned to acting and picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Since then, he’s remained silent on his follow-up project although he has been rumored for as a possible candidate to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s odd to think that Jared Leto’s next movie could be such a big deal, but when you’re following up an Oscar win, choices matter even more. Just ask Cuba Gooding Jr.