Unfortunately for all the fans of the Netflix original, Bright, it’s lead actor Will Smith‘s busy schedule has potentially caused a delay for the sequel. Fortunately though, despite his schedule Smith and Netflix have joined forces again to work on a new dramatic biopic titled The Council. Will
Smith will be playing the role of Nicky Barnes, a real-life kingpin that bridged the relationship between the Italian mafia and the titular African-American mob in 1970s Harlem. In his role as a member of organized crime, Barnes earned himself the memorable nickname, Mr. Untouchable, which was eventually debunked by an arrest in 1978.
As THR reported, this dramatic biopic is written by Peter Landesman who is also known as the writer/director behind Will Smith’s NFL medical drama Concussion. With no director specified for this film yet, Landesman is most likely to double as writer/director for this project as well.
Smith is also currently working on King Richard, the story of Venus and Serena Williams’ father, Richard Williams, and his tireless efforts to push his daughters in the world of tennis. King Richard is set to be released Thanksgiving of next year, so it would be assumed that once that film is completed, The Council will be picked up immediately. You can also see Will Smith in theaters pretty soon, with Gemini Man opening on October 11, and Bad Boys For Life finally hitting theaters on January 17, 2020.