While Will Smith has shown reticence toward sequels for Men In Black and Independence Day, he’s reportedly considering another project that would see him back in the sci-fi realm and playing a federal agent, while also earning lots of money. The Wrap reports that Smith is in talks to play the lead in Brilliance, an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel about a world where people with special genetic abilities, called “brilliants,” make up about 1 percent of the population. And, in this completely fictional America, the government demonstrates active concern about this unfairly advantaged 1 percent, tasking federal agents like the one played by Will Smith—who’s born with exceptional abilities of his own—with hunting down those who would use them for evil, like a brilliant terrorist bent on sparking a civil war. While Smith’s last flirtation with original sci-fi didn’t work out so great, this one can technically go ahead and put “Will Smith is brilliant” on the poster.
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