From being the Fresh Prince to an action star, Will Smith has just about done it all. Now, he’ll step back from taking on roles in fiction and tap into his connection with the world around him while becoming more intimate with Earth’s greatest wonders. Disney+’s upcoming documentary, Welcome to Earth, sends Will Smith on expeditions guided by elite explorers as the actor gets up close and personal with some of the planet’s most astounding natural features.
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Welcome to Earth starring Will Smith is a six-part original series hailing from National Geographic. There’s the goal to take audiences on a visually unforgettable journey as the actor’s trek around the world highlights some of Earth’s most hidden secrets, asking to be shared with those who may not be able to experience them on their own. The series is produced by Nutopia, Protozoa Pictures, and Westbrooke Studios for National Geographic, and will be executively produced by Jane Root and Petter Lovering. Academy Award nominee and visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has also been billed as an executive on the project amid a host of others. Will Smith will not only be playing host but also contribute to producing the series as well. The score will be composed by Trail of the Chicago 7’s Daniel Pemberton.
Adventuring alongside Will Smith is National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist Diva Amon, mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, and polar expeditionist Dwayne Field. The official synopsis of the docuseries says that Will Smith sets out to “explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets.” Welcome to Earth was initially announced during the events of Investor Day last year and the release was bumped back into 2021. As promised by the trailer for Welcome to Earth, Will Smith and his guides embark on the journey to experience the most awe-inspiring aspects of the world while in the presence of some of the unexplained natural phenomena.
Welcome to Earth is just one of Will Smith’s upcoming performances that have been slated as a streaming exclusive. A Bright sequel was given the green light from Netflix following the 2017 original that garnered 11 million viewers, scoring a streaming record at the time of release. Bright was directed by Suicide Squad‘s David Ayer, who is still heavily lobbying for the extended cut of his DC Extended Universe to be released. Ayer is to set to return as the script’s scribe, and the screenplay’s rewrite was completed by T.S. Nowlin.
Aside from the small screen and limital streaming audience, we’ve learned that Will Smith wants to return to the DCEU as Deadshot if he can team up with Idris Elba’s freshly introduced character, Bloodsport. The crossover between Suicide Squad and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad – which can be considered as the saving grace and tonal reset of the DCEU – is a great idea, but the likelihood of it happening is unfortunately slim. It’s expected that Gunn will continue to work with Warner Bros. and DC Films past Peacemaker and that his future pieces could pertain to The Suicide Squad‘s collection of new characters.
Will Smith is lined up for a number of new projects even if his return to the DCEU is just a rumor. While his upcoming adventure may not feature dramatic stunts and an even more dramatic dialogue, Welcome to Earth begins streaming on Disney+ in December 2021.