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Jared Leto To Replace Will Smith In Julius Onah’s ‘Brilliance’ (And A Question)

Jared Leto To Replace Will Smith In Julius Onah’s ‘Brilliance’ (And A Question)

Just a few weeks ago, Tambay reported that Will Smith had
unattached himself from Julius Onah’s sci-fi action thriller “Brilliance,” which is set up at Universal and
Legendary Pictures (HERE).

The notable thing that Tambay remarked is that the film
would have marked the first time that Smith had ever worked with a black
director, and especially a young and an upcoming one such as Onah.

However, with Smith’s leaving the project, this means that his record is
still unbroken, and it looks even worse now that Variety is reporting
 that Oscar winning actor Jared Leto will now replace Smith in
Onah’s film.

That still begs the question – why did Smith leave the
project? He’s now attached to that NFL concussions project being produced by Ridley Scott; so could it just simply be that it was a better script, which has the potential to give Smith what he has always longed the most for – an Oscar
win for Best Actor? Or does Smith have problems working with a black director? (Hey, if I don’t ask these questions who will?).

And as Tambay said about Smith: “given his position as one of a
small handful of mega-watt stars with power and reach, who, by the way, also
happens to be black, as well as the dearth of black filmmakers working
consistently within the Hollywood studio system – especially on tent-pole
projects – accompanied by the annual onslaught of articles lamenting the
industry’s lack of diversity, I think it’s quite unfortunate that this would’ve
been the very first time in his movie acting career (spanning some 20 years)
that he would’ve been directed by a black filmmaker!”

What do you say?

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You guys really need to do your homework. Will Smith had produced and worked with black directors and actors. He's the creator behind the sit com All of Us. That features a predominantly black cast. These slso produced the film. The Secret Life of Bees. That was written and directed by a BLACK WOMAN. He had produced The Quern Latifah Show.


Why does color always have to come into it, Will Smith is a very hands-on in control actor and he likes to change scripts, so he might just have looked at the director's story-board and didn't like it and when he tried to give his input it wasn't welcomed so HE WALKED.

Not black, not white, not pink, just business?


There are no Black Directors on Will Smith level first of all. There are no Black Directors in the sci-fi filmmaking world. I don't consider Tim Story to be a sci-fi filmmaker because he has directed different types of films. This article is a JOKE! The Majority of Black actors in Hollywood don't work with Black Directors!

Miles Ellison

The answer is simple. No one would have supported this movie. Like Ol' Skool said, black people would rather watch Tyler Perry than sci-fi. White people aren't going to watch Will Smith if he's not a regulation stereotype. And the nerd community is not exactly welcoming when it comes to people of color in sci-fi. Apparently future worlds only have identically dressed white people in them.

Dave's Deluxe

Onah is untested and unproven. "Girl is In Trouble" had hype but no legs (I have seen it and it's not very good– it will probably never see a theatrical release.) Will doesn't need "After Earth" reviews again, this time with a neophyte indie film director, so he made a business decision. Leto has hot Oscar sauce right now, and can afford a risky venture such as Onah. Honestly, everybody wins here.

Ol' Skool

BY THE NUMBERS: Will Smith + a POC director + sci-fi = A lackluster box office return!

Hey, I'm just sayin', like Sergio, if I don't mention the obvious – who will. Well, speaking of the obvious, most black folks are not into sci-fi… and Will Smith has bit that bullet before. What, come on now, y'all didn't support his After Earth as you do Medea, Think Like A Man and Best Man Holiday. I'm just sayin', fact don't lie. And speaking of liars, some whites will profess that they enjoy films with black actors in the lead role. But, when Will Smith wasn't playing one of his patented New Jack Uncle Toms, their wallets went silent. Come on now, facts don't lie. Will Smith was a strong black man – in charge – in "After Earth", a role many couldn't accept him in.

So who can blame Will for catching his hat? I mean, a sci-fi action thriller starring a black lead AND a black director at the helm – in America – smells like trouble.

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