Will Smith Eyes Lead Roles in 'American Can' and 'The Accountant'
by Ethan Anderton
April 19, 2013
Just after entering negotiations to star in Focus, a romantic heist thriller from John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (now without Kristen Stewart), the duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, superstar Will Smith is also looking at two more projects for his future slate. Deadline has word that Smith is currently reviving a project he's been trying to develop for years called American Can in which he would star for The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick. In addition Smith is also considering The Accountant, another project he once flirted with in the past when it was a Warner Bros. production with Mel Gibson attached to direct.
American Can has been in the works for awhile with Smith producing and once looking to Denzel Washington to star in the drama. Written by The Blind Side scribe and director John Lee Hancock, the film follows the real-life harrowing ordeal suffered by the residents of the American Can apartment complex when the levees broke down in New Orleans. Residents of the apartment complex found themselves trapped by 11-feet of fetid water for two days, a six-foot-seven ex-Marine named John Keller stayed behind to ward off looters and help care for the dozens of aged or infirm residents who couldn’t evacuate. Sounds like the perfect dramatic vehicle for Smith, and maybe an Oscar caliber role.
Meanwhile, The Accountant is a project that has made its way over to Media Rights Capital with Sony, but Mel Gibson is no longer attached as a director. The film follows a government accountant who also works as an assassin. However, it's not clear how soon he might star in the film since American Can would be the film that would follow Focus. It doesn't sound like there are any negotiations just yet, but Smith is looking closely at the film as a viable option for the future. Sounds like he's done doing most of his work behind the scenes and is getting ready for a whole slew of projects in the next couple years. Good news?