Will Smith produce ‘Brilliance’ in the first post-slap project – but could he also play in it?

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It looks like Will Smith’s future after the blow is a little brighter than expected. The actor — whose star has been clouded by controversy since he punched Chris Rock in the face at the 2022 Oscars — is set to produce and potentially star in brilliancea Paramount Pictures film, UKTN reports.

Smith will be teaming up again with Akiva Goldsman, who he worked with I robot, I am a legend and Hancock. The actor will produce brilliance under his Westbrook Studios company, although UKTN reports that his role in the film could expand: “Hopes remain that the film will be a star vehicle for Smith, although sources said he has not committed to to shine.”

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brilliance is an adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel tribology of the same name, which is based on a future where “non-neurotypical people – demonized by society as ‘twists’ or ‘abnorms’ – the status quo of the ‘normal’ population threaten them with their unique gifts,” said UKTN.

Smith’s latest starring role in the film, his Civil War drama Emancipation, is currently in limbo on Apple TV+. The streamer is reportedly split over when and how the film should be released after Smith’s PR crisis, according to a New York Times report published earlier this week. While Apple was planning to Emancipation release until 2023, sources now say the company could drop the film by the end of this year, making it eligible for awards.

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Even if Emancipation would win an Oscar nomination or win a coveted gold statue, Smith would not attend. The actor was banned from all Academy Award events for the next 10 years after he slapped Rock on the March live broadcast after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald head.

Smith has since apologized multiple times and filmed a video sharing his thoughts — including a direct message to Rock — which he posted to YouTube in July. The clip did not go down well with Rock, who publicly taunted Smith earlier this month for his “hostage video” during a comedy set with Dave Chappelle.

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