Everything’s going up Milhouse for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. After winning over audiences with his sophomore feature Me and Earl and the Dying Girl at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it nabbed both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, the young Texas filmmaker will return next year with Collateral Beauty. What’s more, he’ll be working with Rooney Mara and the one and only Will Smith.
Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith has signed on to take Hugh Jackman’s place after the grizzled Wolverine decided to head for the mountains of Japan or something involving Weapon X. Now, Smith will play the film’s troubled protagonist, a New York advertising executive on the heels of a personal tragedy and on the way towards redemption with a little help from his colleagues.
Filming begins this fall from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (Things We Lost in the Fire, San Andreas). Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros will produce alongside Loeb, while Palmstar CEO Kevin Frakes will serve as executive producer with Steven Pearl and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. It would also appear that Smith will get a bigger cut as his own Overbrook is tagging along to co-produce.
Smith can next be seen playing Deadshot in Warner Bros. and DC’s comic book blockbuster Suicide Squad, due out one year from today: August 5, 2016.