Will Smith Attached To Real-Life Drama American Can, Eyeing Thriller The Accountant

Looking at Will Smith's filmography, it's actually surprising how few films he's actually been in. Since making his feature debut in 1991's Where The Day Takes You he's only made 20 movies, which comes out to an average of only one film per year - far fewer than most A-list stars, who are typically able to pump out as many as three titles every twelve months.

Now, however, it seems he's starting to up his game. In addition to having After Earth due out this summer - now one week earlier than previously thought - he has Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale in the works and just this week added the crime/romance Focus to his slate. And now it appears two more projects are on his radar.

First up, Deadline reports that the actor is now attached to the drama American Can, which is currently targeting Ed Zwick to direct. Based on a true story, Smith would star in the film as John Keller, a Gulf War veteran who, during Hurrican Katrina, helped gather 244 surivors in New Orleans' American Can building, saving their lives in the process. Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment are teaming on the project, using a script written by Adetoro Makinde and John Lee Hancock, and it's likely that the film will go into production once Smith has completed work on Focus.

The site also adds that the star is also looking to possibly star in The Accountant, a thriller that would have him star as "a government accountant who doubles as an assassin." This actually isn't the first time that Smith has looked into the film, which previously had Mel Gibson attached to direct. Bill Dubuque, who wrote the upcoming Robert Downey Jr./Robert Duvall dramedy The Judge, penned the script.

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