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Will Smith's exit leaves Legendary's sci-fi movie 'Brilliance' smarting

6/17/2014

By Jeff Sneider
TheWrap

Will Smith has pulled out of Legendary's sci-fi movie "Brilliance," leaving the studio scrambling to find a new male lead just weeks before the picture was scheduled to start production this summer, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

A representative for Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Universal is still onboard to distribute and Julius Onah remains set direct from a script by David Koepp, who adapted the novel by Marcus Sakey. Joe Roth, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni are producing the film, while Alex Hedlund, Palak Patel and Eric McLeod are executive producing.

Now that Smith has exited the project, it's unclear what its status is at Legendary, which had been negotiating with Noomi Rapace to co-star.

Smith was to have played a federal agent whose gift as a "brilliant" — someone with heightened cognitive abilities — makes him exceptional at hunting terrorists.

"Brilliance" is the first book of a planned trilogy, with the second book slated for release later this year by Amazon imprint Thomas and Mercer.

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