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Jared Leto Won't Be In 'Brilliance' & Matthew McConaughey Might Not Be In 'Magic Mike XXL'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 5:23 PM
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We usually do casting round ups, but today we fly in the face of routine with a couple of updates on movies that people won't be in (or may not be in). So let's get this ball of things not happening rolling...

Casting: Jared Leto Seeks 'Brilliance' Instead Of Will Smith, Sam Worthington Heads To 'Gallipoli' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 2:32 PM
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With an Oscar in his hands, presumably Jared Leto has his pick of movies, and it looks like he's eyeing former Will Smith gig "Brilliance." The Fresh Prince dropped out last month, but Leto is in early talks for the movie that's based on the novel by Marcus Sakey, that's set in "a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called 'brilliants.' At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to track down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war." Woo.

Will Smith Drops 'Brilliance,' Rhys Ifans Is Johnny Depp's Dad In 'Alice 2' & More

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 30, 2014 4:44 PM
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Will Smith has bowed out of the Legendary Pictures' David Koepp-penned adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel "Brilliance." Set to be helmed by Julius Onah, the film centers on a group of people with remarkable powers (mutants? miracles?) and an endowed federal agent who must stop a rogue "brilliant" from starting a civil war.

Noomi Rapace Sees 'Brilliance' In Will Smith, Anthony Mackie Teams With Seth Rogen For Christmas Comedy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2014 4:20 PM
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It's hard to pin down Noomi Rapace. The former girl with the dragon tattoo has been doing everything from big blockbusters ("Prometheus") to cheap genre fare ("Dead Man Down"). And now in another unexpected move, she's going to make a movie with Will Smith.

Will Smith Sees 'Brilliance,' Ari Gold Gets A New Assistant In 'Entourage' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 21, 2014 10:04 AM
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Having just wrapped on the Glenn Ficarra/John Requa comedy “Focus,” it looks like Will Smith is ready to give the sci-fi genre another chance. He’s in talks to lead “Brilliance,” which is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name. In a world where one percent of all children are born as “brilliants,” Will Smith plays federal agent Nick Cooper, a fellow brilliant who’s especially gifted at hunting down terrorists. But in order to track down a brilliant that’s been deemed the most dangerous man alive, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

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