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When Will Smith unexpectedly dropped out of Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Brilliance, the studios were left scrambling to find a replacement. For a while, that replacement appeared to be Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), who had been approached by the studios and, according to some sources, was keenly interested in the project. Now, according to Nikki Finke, however, Leto has opted to walk away from the film.
Finke, formerly of Deadline, reports that Leto met with director Julius Onah on Monday before deciding to turn down the lead role. For now, Noomi Rapace (the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is the only actor attached to the project.
Brilliance, based on the book of the same name by Marcus Sakey, takes place in a world where one percent of the population are born with heightened cognitive abilities and called ‘brilliants.’ Leto would have starred as Nick Cooper, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi novel Brilliance seems to be having a hard time maintaining a lead actor. Last week we learned that Dallas Buyers Club Academy Award winner Jared Leto was in talks to replace Will Smith in the Legendary Pictures-produced project, and now new reports have surfaced saying that Leto is out too. This news comes to us from Nikki Finke, which says that actor met with director Julius Onah about Brilliance earlier this week, but he ultimately decided that he didn't want to be a part of the movie. The film would have seen him play Nick Cooper, a federal agent with special abilities who lives in a world where 1% of the population is gifted as well (and they're called Brilliants). The story finds Cooper on the hunt for one of these Brilliants, who also happens to be a terrorist bent on creating mass hysteria and »
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- Brad Brevet
With an Oscar sitting at home (assuming he hasn’t lent it out to someone or left it in the back of a cab), Jared Leto has taken some time to figure out his next move after the awards-grabbing Dallas Buyers Club. If the producers of Brilliance have any say in the matter, he’ll be filling the lead role in the novel adaption.Brilliance, you may recall, is the film that Will Smith was attached to lead until recently, when he dropped out to focus on other things. Adapted from Marcus Sakey’s novel by David Koepp, it’s set in a world where some people are born with extraordinary abilities. These X-Men “brilliants” largely choose to use their powers for good, but one bad seed is rallying others to his cause, looking to ignite a civil war. Enter federal agent Nick Cooper, another of the brilliants, who is »
With a screenplay by David Koepp, Brilliance is being directed by Julius Onah. The film follows a federal agent with a unique set of skills who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist who is out to start a civil war. Here's a full synopses:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. »
- Laura Frances
It looks like there's one blockbuster out there now without it's star. The franchise-starter Brilliance already had Will Smith involved in a massive story involving agents pursuing the gifted in the future. But it looks like Will Smith's Big Willie Style might not be suited to the Julius Onah-directed film. Nope, today is the day Brilliance shines just a bit dimmer. Smith has backed out of Brilliance, according to a report from Deadline. Adapted from the novel by Marcus Sakey, the David Koepp-penned movie was set up at Universal by Legendary Pictures, who themselves are flush off the success of Godzilla. The film was to concern a separate group of evolved humans with special skills, called "brilliants," and the agent tasked with hunting them down to eliminate a terrorist threat. Smith would have played agent Nick Cooper, but now he ain't playin' nobody, as no reason was »
When Will Smith turned down the chance to reprise his role in Independence Day 2, it looked as if he'd opted to make a different science fiction movie instead. He'd been heavily linked with the movie take on Marcus Sakey's book Brilliance, a mix of sci-fi and superheroes that tells of the small proportion of the population that have special gifts, and become known as 'brilliants'.
Now comes the news though that Brilliance, which already had a writer (David Koepp) and director (Julius Onan) in place won't be featuring Will Smith after all. It's being reported that Smith has now departed the project, »
Will Smith appeared ready to commit to Brilliance as his next project. Earlier in the month, Noomi Rapace entered talks to co-star and director Julius Onah was gearing up to start shooting this summer. Smith has instead thrown a wrench in Legendary and Universal's plans by deciding to drop out. According to Deadline, "the exit came down to timing." The report does not specify, so I wonder which of Smith's countless projects takes priority if the actor does film something in the coming months. Smith will next be seen as a grifter in the February 2015 release, Focus. David Koepp's Brilliance script is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name that takes place in a world where one percent of the public (called "brilliants") are born with heightened cognitive abilities. Brilliance is the first in a planned trilogy. Read the book description after the jump. In Wyoming, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Will Smith’s reputation for guaranteed box office returns took quite a knock with the disappointing performance of Men In Black 3, followed by the disastrous After Earth. Legendary Pictures are hoping for a different result with Brilliance, however, which Smith has been closely circling for a number of months. To boost their chances, they’ve now locked the excellent Noomi Rapace into the picture, too.
Based on the novel of the same name by Marcus Sakey, the story is set in a world where ‘the one percent’ means something very different. That’s the fraction of society that, since 1980, has been born with extraordinary abilities – and are known as ‘Brilliants’. When a dangerous Brilliant is designated a terrorist, and plans to start a civil war, it is up to a federal agent – a Brilliant with amazing hunting abilities – to track the target.
Admittedly, the synopsis perhaps sounds like an »
- Sarah Myles
With Will Smith now confirmed to star in sci-fi thriller Brilliance, the filmmakers have been looking to fill the cast around him. They’ve picked a veteran of another well known, if controversial, science fiction film, with Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace set to take the other lead role.Brilliance, which David Koepp has adapted from Marcus Sakey’s book (part one of – shock! – a series), is set in world where 1% of the population has developed enhanced cognitive abilities. Labelled “brilliants”, they have both helped and harmed the human race, as some have turned their advanced skills to terrorism. Smith is set to play federal agent Nick Cooper, a “brilliant” who has put his own powers to use hunting the bad seeds down.Rapace’s role wasn’t made clear in The Wrap’s story on her casting, so we’ll have to wait to find out if she’s playing a friend or foe to Smith. »
• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is in talks to star opposite Will Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance. The Marcus Sakey adaptation imagines a world where 1 percent of humans (the brilliants) are born with supernatural powers. Federal agent Nick Cooper (Smith) is a 1 percenter who specialized in hunting terrorists. He meets his match in a fellow brilliant intent on starting a civil war. Rapace will play yet another of these special beings who the government also determines is a terrorist. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is set to direct. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
The story is based on Marcus Sakey’s novel and follows people with heightened cognitive abilities, called “brilliants,” including federal agent Nick Cooper, whose gift makes him exceptional at hunting terrorists.
The film will open through Universal pursuant to Legendary’s deal with the studio.
The novel was published by Amazon imprint Thomas and Mercer in August 2013 and is the first of a planned trilogy. The second book is due out later this year. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Noomi Rapace is set to star opposite Will Smith in Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi movie “Brilliance,” which will be distributed by Universal, TheWrap has learned. Julius Onah will direct from a script by David Koepp. Joe Roth, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni will produce the film, while Alex Hedlund, Palak Patel and Eric McLeod will executive produce. Also read: ‘Prometheus 2' Lands ‘Green Lantern’ Writer; May Feature Multiple Michael Fassbenders (Exclusive) Based on Marcus Sakey's novel, story follows people with heightened cognitive abilities, called “brilliants,” including federal agent Nick Cooper (Smith), whose gift makes him exceptional at hunting terrorists. »
- Jeff Sneider
I’m always happy to report another sci-fi novel making its way to the big screen and the latest is Marcus Sakey’s novel, Brilliance. This adaptation will be coming to us courtesy of Legendary Pictures and director Julius Onah, whose directing credits have mostly included short films.
THR is reporting that once Julis Onah signed on to the project, Will Smith was quick to follow and is in early talks to star as Nick Cooper. For those of you not familiar with the book, here’s a synopsis.
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper »
- Jess Orso
Will Smith cast in Brilliance. The casting of Will Smith in Brilliance answers the question of who will star in the Julius Onah directed film. Will Smith will play the character of Federal Agent Nick Cooper who has a gift “rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorist.” On the people behind the scenes of [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Having just wrapped on the Glenn Ficarra/John Requa comedy “Focus,” it looks like Will Smith is ready to give the sci-fi genre another chance. He’s in talks to lead “Brilliance,” which is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name. In a world where one percent of all children are born as “brilliants,” Will Smith plays federal agent Nick Cooper, a fellow brilliant who’s especially gifted at hunting down terrorists. But in order to track down a brilliant that’s been deemed the most dangerous man alive, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in. The project’s been setup at Legendary Pictures and the script was penned by David Koepp (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”). On board to direct is relative newcomer Julius Onah (“The Girl Is In Trouble”), who also has the Jj Abrams-produced project “God Particle” on his slate. Curiously, there »
- Ken Guidry
Will this be a brilliant move?
The sci-fi story is about a world in which one percent of the people called “brilliants” having special abilities. Nick Cooper, a federal agent in the novel, has a special gift that assists him at hunting terrorists. And his next target is another brilliant who is intending to provoke a civil war.
- Gig Patta
Will Smith will next be seen on the big-screen opposite the superb Margot Robbie in Focus in early 2015, though do look out for him in A New York Winter’S Tale, out in the UK today, in which he appears very briefly. The news we’d all like to hear today is that Big Willie has finally signed on the dotted line to film Bad Boys 3, but alas, not as yet, but he will appear in a new science fiction/ superhero movie called Brilliance, in which he will take the lead.
Here’s a synopsis of the source material, the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name, which was published last year.
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go »
- Paul Heath
Though he won’t be reprising his iconic role as Captain Steve Hiller in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming two-part sequel to Independence Day, Will Smith certainly isn’t finished with the science-fiction genre altogether. Today, we’re hearing that the A-lister is in final negotiations with Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures to star in a potential sci-fi summer tentpole called Brilliance.
Based on the book of the same name by Marcus Sakey, which became a hot property when it hit shelves last August, Brilliance takes place in a world where one percent of the population are born with heightened cognitive abilities and called ‘brilliants.’ Smith will star as Nick Cooper, a federal agent who uses his special abilities to catch the world’s most dangerous terrorists. When Cooper gets on the trail of his most dangerous target yet, a violent brilliant who is intent on igniting a civil war, he »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Wrap is reporting Will Smith is in early talks to star in Brilliance for Nigerian-born director Julius Onah (God Particle, Big Man) with script from David Koepp (Premium Rush, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). amz asin="B00AESRRQS" size="small"Koepp adapted the film from Marcus Sakey's book of the same name, described as follows: In Wyoming, a little girl reads people's darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They're called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. »
- Brad Brevet
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