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Collateral Beauty hasn’t had the easiest time getting made. At first, it was set to be Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. At that time, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara were on board. Then, Jackman dropped out and was replaced by Will Smith. Shortly after that, both Mara and Gomez-Rejon left.
Now, David Frankel is on board and today, we got word from The Wrap that along with Smith and Helen Mirren, the studio has roped in Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Rachel McAdams and Naomie Harris. Pretty solid list of talent, eh?
We’re not sure who everyone’s playing just yet, but we do know that Will Smith is set to step into the shoes of a New York ad exec who “experiences a personal tragedy and falls into a deep depression after which his colleagues resort to an »
- Mark Cassidy
Will Smith may have missed out on an Oscar nomination for Concussion, but his next project, Collateral Beauty, is shaping up to be quite a feast for the eyes, since it.s going to be filled with famous faces. According to The Wrap, the film will be helmed by director David Frankel. He directed films like Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada and Hope Springs, and has helmed episodes of Entourage and Sex and the City. Allan Loeb, writer of Rock of Ages and Here Comes the Boom, among others, is crafting the screenplay. Will Smith takes on the lead role in Collateral Beauty, as an advertising executive who undergoes a personal tragedy. His colleagues come up with a plan to make him feel better, and it works, but not in the way they expected. Smith.s most recent films are Concussion and last summer.s underrated Focus. Also »
New Line and director David Frankel are pulling together a star-studded cast to join Will Smith and Helen Mirren in “Collateral Beauty,” as Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris are set to join the ensemble, while newly-anointed Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams is also in talks, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. New Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Written by Allan Loeb, “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy, so his colleagues try to come up with a plan to get him out of his funk. »
- Jeff Sneider
3 items from 2016
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