Will Smith looks to be starring in the reluctant hero role in “American Can,” a drama in development at Sony Pictures and Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.
Smith will play John Keller, a Gulf War veteran looking for a new challenge. He found one after Hurricane Katrina devastated his home city of New Orleans as he helped bring over two hundred elderly people to safety.
Will, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter are trying to get Ed Zwick to direct, while Adetoro Makinde and John Lee Hancock penned the script.
Earlier this week came word that Smith had signed onto the grifter feature “Focus” which he will shoot first.
Smith is also said to once again be eyeing “The Accountant” which was previously set up at Warner Bros. Pictures with Mel Gibson directing.
The project is now said to be setup at Media Rights Capital with Sony Pictures, with Gibson no longer involved. If he does join, Smith would play a government accountant who doubles as an assassin.