Will Smith Lines Up Furture Projects

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Will Smith is a busy guy, and he has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon; with his latest effort, "After Earth," set to debut in theaters in about six weeks, the actor is busy lining up future projects.

Most recently, Smith has eyed "Focus," a film that will see him star as a con-artist for Warner Brothers. According to Variety, the actor is in "final talks" to join the film, which will follow "an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one."

Kristen Stewart was attached to play the female con, but she has since dropped out due to "the feeling that the age difference between [she and Smith] would be too large a gap." Originally, the plan was to team up Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, but the former's prior commitments resulted in a scheduling conflict.

Warner Brothers might not be finished courting Smith, either, as the studio reportedly wants him to star in "The Accountant," where he would play a government accounting who moonlights as an assassin. Smith was previously attached to star back when Mel Gibson was set to direct, and Variety reports that the actor has resumed talks with WB.

Furthermore, Smith is also in talks with Sony to star in "American Can," which will be based on the true story of John Keller, an American soldier who returned from Gulf War service and became a hero when he helped several people find refuge during the disaster.

Edward Zwick will direct the film, which Smith has said will likely be his follow-up to "Focus," so it's probably still a couple of years off at the earliest.

At some point, Smith is also hoping to make his directorial debut with vampire Biblical epic "The Redemption of Cain." He's still developing that project, which has been in the works for some time now.

For the time being, audiences can look forward to seeing Smith in "After Earth" a week earlier than planned, as Sony recently bumped its release date up a week to May 31st.

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