Jared Leto In Talks to Replace Will Smith in “Brilliance”


It was announced last month that Will Smith had dropped out of the big screen adaptation of “Brilliance.” Now, according to Variety, Jared Leto is currently in talks for the lead role. Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures is adapting the novel of the same name from Marcus Sakey.

“Brilliance” is officially described as follows:

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

The screenplay was written by David Koepp with Julius Onah as director. Noomi Rapace was previously announced for a role in the film. Producers on Brilliance include Jon Jashni, Joe Roth and Thomas Tul with Alex Hedlund, Eric McLeod and Palek Patel executive producing.

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