One of the biggest actors in the world, Will Smith, is about to step into the world of the superhero this summer, in DC and Warner Bros. upcoming and highly anticipated Suicide Squad.
He’s putting on the mask of Deadshot / Floyd Lawton, a world-class assassin, expert marksman and one of the most formidable DC villains, appearing across the comics, animated shows and video games. He popped up first on-screen in CW’s Arrow as an antagonist and sometime anti-hero portrayed by Michael Rowe, but this will be his first appearance on the big screen.
But what happens next? Here’s the rundown of Will Smith’s upcoming movie projects — and keep your ears open for the inevitable Suicide Squad 2 announcement…
Bad Boys III (2017) & IV (2019)
It’s been 13 years since Will Smith last put on the pants of Detective Mike Lowrey alongside Martin Lawrence inBad Boys II, but the franchise rears its head again with the announced Bad Boys III and Bad Boys IV, but this time without the direction of the polarising Michael Bay.
We don’t know very much about the sequels right now, but a Deadline report from last year claims that director Joe Carnahan has been in talks regarding taking on Bad Boys III. Martin Lawrence is down to return as Detective Marcus Burnett, and Derrick Gilbert joins the cast as Mike Lowrey’s son — the imaginatively named Mike Jr.
Sony Pictures Entertainment have set release dates for the films, with Bad Boys III expected to arriveJune 2, 2017, and Bad Boys IV down for a July 3, 2019 release.
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Collateral Beauty is boasting a pretty damn impressive cast right now, as Will Smith joins Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris in this upcoming drama by The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel.
Will Smith stars as Howard Inlet, a New Yorker whose life heads into a downward spiral following a tragic, life-changing event, and in this vein Collateral Beauty promises “depression, hope, romantic tendencies and tragedy”.
Collateral Beauty is currently filming, and is set for release December 16, 2016.
After Suicide Squad, director David Ayer has already scooped Will Smith for his Netflix thriller Bright, alongside Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton. Bright is a landmark for the Netflix streaming service, as it marks a $90 million deal for the rights to distribute the movie.
Described as a “supernatural cop thriller”, Ayer has said that Bright will “be hard-R” rated, which is a bit of a departure from Smith’s usual body of work. Set in a world in which fantasy creatures such as orcs and fairies exist, humans have to find a way to live amongst them.
According to writer Max Landis, Bright will take a look at a buddy cop partnership between a human and an orc, but which one will Smith be?
Bright is currently in pre-production and does not have a release date set.
The American Can (TBC)
The Edward Zwick directed The American Can is based on actual events which occured during the Hurricane Katrina natural disaster of 2005.
Will Smith will portray ex-Marine John Keller, a man who became the de-facto leader of a group of flats at the American Can Company at the time of Katrina hitting New Orleans. When the building was cut off by flood water Keller, instead of getting in a boat and escaping, stayed to protect the residents, many of whom were elderly or infirm. Under his watch the majority of the residents were safely evacuated, and all lived to tell the tale.
The American Can is currently in pre-production and does not have a release date set.
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MP Staff Writer. Superheroes, comic books, Marvel and DC, film, sci-fi, video games.