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Will Smith replaces Hugh Jackman in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Collateral Beauty

08.05.2015

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Will Smith is set to take over Hugh Jackman's lead role in COLLATERAL BEAUTY, according to Deadline. Jackman left the project last month due to his WOLVERINE 3 commitments, and although Johnny Depp was apparently being eyed for the part, it'll be Smith who will star alongside Rooney Mara in the drama.

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL's Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will be behind the camera for COLLATERAL BEAUTY, and he'll be directing from a script by SAN ANDREAS and 21 screenwriter Allan Loeb. PalmStar Media is fully financing the film (as well as co-producing with Likely Story, Overbrook Entertainment and Anonymous Content), and PalmStar and Likely Story reportedly paid $2.5 million for Loeb's script. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.

COLLATERAL BEAUTY will follow "a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional means of breaking him out of his depression, which works, but not in a way that anyone imagined."

Will Smith can be seen next in CONCUSSION, Peter Landesman's sports drama about football-related brain trauma, on Christmas Day 2015, and he also has SUICIDE SQUAD hitting theaters on August 5, 2016.

Source: Deadline

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11:54PM on 08/06/2015
Cool, this, Concussion and Sucide Squad could be a step back in the right direction Will Smith.
Cool, this, Concussion and Sucide Squad could be a step back in the right direction Will Smith.
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1:35AM on 08/06/2015
If this gets him back to his old charming ways like how we've seen him in Hitch, then I can't wait!

Also if it's down to either him or Johnny Depp, always go with Will Smith.
If this gets him back to his old charming ways like how we've seen him in Hitch, then I can't wait!

Also if it's down to either him or Johnny Depp, always go with Will Smith.
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3:14PM on 08/05/2015

Cool!

Will can do anything and this is another good pick! I laugh at you Will haters below who spewing some fan boy crap. 1st I like Hugh but he is no Will Smith not even close box office and acting wise! 2. SOmeone said his career has taken a few hits what you mean 1 bomb in 25 years? No actor comes close to his records! WHen plenty of stars even Hugh have multiple bombs. I swear you haters at least base it on facts!WOw talk about hating!
Will can do anything and this is another good pick! I laugh at you Will haters below who spewing some fan boy crap. 1st I like Hugh but he is no Will Smith not even close box office and acting wise! 2. SOmeone said his career has taken a few hits what you mean 1 bomb in 25 years? No actor comes close to his records! WHen plenty of stars even Hugh have multiple bombs. I swear you haters at least base it on facts!WOw talk about hating!
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1:35PM on 08/05/2015

As long as...

Will Smith never replaces Jackman as Wolverine we'll be ok!
Will Smith never replaces Jackman as Wolverine we'll be ok!
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12:09PM on 08/05/2015

That's a serious downgrade

Hugh Jackman's a classically trained actor who always brings his A game to every project. Will Smith's star has taken a few hits in recent years, and it looks like Margot Robbie is going to hand him his ass again in SUICIDE SQUAD.
Hugh Jackman's a classically trained actor who always brings his A game to every project. Will Smith's star has taken a few hits in recent years, and it looks like Margot Robbie is going to hand him his ass again in SUICIDE SQUAD.
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3:18PM on 08/05/2015
By few hits you mean one bomb in 20years? compared to all those stars who have multiple bombs right? ! Margot and WIll killed it on Focus so what is this nonsense about handing him his ass again? smh wow we get it you hate Will!
By few hits you mean one bomb in 20years? compared to all those stars who have multiple bombs right? ! Margot and WIll killed it on Focus so what is this nonsense about handing him his ass again? smh wow we get it you hate Will!
10:46AM on 08/05/2015

Will Smith is no replacement for Hugh Jackman.

I'm just saying what we're all thinking.
I'm just saying what we're all thinking.
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