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Jared Leto may take over lead in Brilliance from Will Smith

06.17.2014

With his name being bandied about as a possible star in Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE, Jared Leto has yet to select his follow-up to his Oscar-winning turn in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Leto may not want to get himself locked into the mega-contract that working for Marvel would entail, but that doesn't mean he is against appearing in any mainstream projects. Case in point, Legendary Pictures' BRILLIANCE.

Based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, screenwriter David Koepp and director Julius Onah have been searching for a replacement for departed star Will Smith. Noomi Rapace has been cast in the female lead and now Deadline says that Leto is in early talks to replace Smith.

Brilliance focuses on a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called “brilliants.” At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to track down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war.

Like Matthew McConaughey segued his Oscar-winning performance into working with Christoper Nolan on INTERSTELLAR, Leto could make a big splash with BRILLIANCE which is envisioned as a studio tent-pole. As likeable as Will Smith can be, BRILLIANCE sounds like it would have resulted in Smith playing a role very similar to I, ROBOT or I AM LEGEND. Jared Leto may inject the right level of fresh air to this project.

BRILLIANCE has no release date at this time.

Source: Deadline

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2:28AM on 06/18/2014
I doubt he'll take the role. He's above it. Jared is very selective about his projects. Based on that premise and the fact that Will Smith dropped out, why in God's name would he take this? The man's not stupid. Especially after just recently coming away victorious with an Oscar. And by the way, what's up with Will as of late? It's like the man's not thinking straight. Guess him and Eddie Murphy share the same agent.
I doubt he'll take the role. He's above it. Jared is very selective about his projects. Based on that premise and the fact that Will Smith dropped out, why in God's name would he take this? The man's not stupid. Especially after just recently coming away victorious with an Oscar. And by the way, what's up with Will as of late? It's like the man's not thinking straight. Guess him and Eddie Murphy share the same agent.
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9:09PM on 06/17/2014
The premise sounds like a one-seasoner on CBS.
The premise sounds like a one-seasoner on CBS.
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8:38PM on 06/17/2014
Or Shyamalan re-teaming with Will Smith for Black Panther...
Or Shyamalan re-teaming with Will Smith for Black Panther...
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8:36PM on 06/17/2014
As long as that doesn't mean we get Will Smith as Doctor Strange instead.
As long as that doesn't mean we get Will Smith as Doctor Strange instead.
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7:46PM on 06/17/2014
Leto would make for a great Jesus. I mean just look at the hair. Would be perfect.
Leto would make for a great Jesus. I mean just look at the hair. Would be perfect.
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6:07PM on 06/17/2014
The movie sounds like crap.
The movie sounds like crap.
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4:01PM on 06/17/2014
I think that he could do better than this.
I think that he could do better than this.
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