Jared Leto in Early Talks to Replace Will Smith in BRILLIANCE

     June 17, 2014


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.

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  • Hey…HEY!

    “Noomi Rapace is on board to co-star as [Lisbeth Salander]“

  • jay

    will smith is making some bad choices in the second half of his career. this movie sounds like it could be really good. The fact that Leto (recent oscar winner) is even remotely interested in this should be a red flag to Smith that he made a mistake dropping out.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Sounds like an upgrade.

  • Rabblerouser

    Doesn’t sound like a great movie premise, actually. I think Dr. Strange seems a better fit for him.

  • LEM

    We lost Will Smith…get me Jared Leto! It’s funny how interchangeable casting is sometimes.

  • T_Toughnuts

    I loved Dallas Buyer’s Club as a movie…but I will NEVER understand how this talentless hack received an Oscar…I guess losing weight and being a trannie gets you an Oscar. There were a couple of moments where his acting even made me laugh a bit at how bad it was.

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