Hollywood action star Will Smith is headed to Netflix again. But this time he’s teaming up with John Wick director David Leitch. The streaming giant has acquired the worldwide rights to Fast & Loose, an action thriller that is being produced by STXfilms, Smith’s Westbrook Studios, and Leitch’s 87North.
News of the acquisition was first reported by Deadline, with Netflix confirming the news on social media shortly after. The Will Smith starrer had been shopped around to all major Hollywood players since February, with Netflix ultimately winning the bidding war. The streamer is said to have taken its time to negotiate the perfect deal.
Fast & Loose tells the story of a man (Will Smith) who wakes up with absolutely no memory of who he is. But as he pieces together his past, he learns that he’s been living two lives, one as a crime kingpin and the other as an undercover CIA agent.
John Wick director, David Leitch is handling directing duties for the film from a script written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. The director is also known for his work on Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. There is currently no word about who will star alongside Will Smith and no information on when production might begin.
Will Smith was last seen in Bad Boys For Life, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. Smith and Martin Lawrence reprised their starring roles for the film which earned $426.5 million at the global box office. The movie was well-received by fans and critics, cementing its place as the biggest January release of all time and the fourth highest-grossing film of 2020. Unfortunately, its theatrical run ended abruptly when cinemas were forced to close due to the global pandemic.
Meanwhile, Will Smith fans catch him in the biographical drama, King Richard. The story details the life of Richard Williams, the father, and coach of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. The cast also includes Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott. The movie will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19th.
The actor will also be starring in Bright 2, the sequel to the 2017 film that kicked off the aspiring Netflix franchise. According to Deadline, Louis Leterrier is currently in talks to direct the fantasy sequel with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton returning as the mismatched, crime-fighting couple. Letterier is known for his work on The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me. Bright 2 will be penned by David Ayer, T.S. Nowlin, and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
For his latest project, Will Smith is currently filming the Apple TV+ slavery drama Emancipation. The movie will be directed by Antoine Fuqua from a script by Willam N. Collage. The action-thriller tells the story of Peter, a runaway slave forced to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey North where he joins the Union Army.