Jared Leto in Talks to Replace Will Smith in ‘Brilliance’

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Jared Leto is in talks to replace Will Smith in the upcoming movie ‘Brilliance’.

In what would be Jared Leto‘s first major performance after winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor for Dallas Buyers Club, Deadline reports that Jared Leto is in early talks to star in the upcoming feature film Brilliance.

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Brilliance is Legendary Pictures version of Marcus Sakey‘s novel by the same name. Noomi Rapace has been attached to play the lead actress in the movie.

Read More: “Brilliance” Starring Will Smith Open Casting Call for a Lead Role

This is the same role that Will Smith backed out of after choosing to work on the upcoming Sony feature film about the effect of concussions on football players.

Brilliance centers on a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called “brilliants.” The movie revolves around a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to track down a terrorist, another brilliant who is planning to start a civil war.

Previously, Russell Crowe was tapped to star in the movie. But, Crowe decided to back out of the production.

We recently posted a casting call seeking child actors to play Will Smith’s daughter. There is no word as to whether the casting call is still ongoing. We will keep you updated.

Read More: Will Smith Quits the Movie ‘Brilliance’ Weeks Before Production

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