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Another Will Smith Post! I know... I know... It's Not A Bad One Though!

Will Smith's definitely got himself a busy schedule. He has been the focus of several posts on this blog over the last couple of weeks. He's got Hancock with Charlize Theron coming up later this year; then there's Steven Spielberg's film about the Chicago Seven in which he plays Black Panther leader, Bobby Seales, due out later this year, or early next year; and now he's starring in a film called Seven Pounds, which is said to begin shooting this month, so we can expect a late 2008, early 2009 release. Looks like we'll be seeing a lot of Mr Smith over the next 12 to 24 months. Must be nice to be working consistently.

The Hollywood Report announced that Mr Smith handpicked Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell) to play his younger brother in the upcoming film, Seven Pounds. The film re-unites The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino with his star Will Smith in another drama. The story is about "a suicidal IRS agent (Smith) who sets out to make amends by assuming the identity of his younger brother. His plans get complicated when he inadvertently falls in love" with a character played by Rosario Dawson, marking another reunion for Will Smith, since Dawson co-starred with him in Men in Black. Woody Harrelson is also starring.

Ealy has just finished work on Spike Lee's WWII drama, Miracle at St. Anna's, about a group of African-American soldiers who are trapped in Tuscany during a Nazi massacre. I'm mos def looking forward to seeing that this year.


  1. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...

    Gosh, ANOTHER WS post... People will soon start talking...!


    Hey, he's probably the most busy, high profile black actor at the moment, so it's inevitable we're going to be reading about and writing/talking about him.

    As I've said in a a comment on one of your previous WS posts, he's certainly one to watch. And this project sounds like one I might want to see, too. I get the feeling his work is getting slightly 'darker' by the minute... A move I suggested could possibly happen in a previous post comment, now that he's an undisputed box office draw.

    Yeah, I'll be watching...

  2. The Obenson Report said...

    @ Wendy - Certainly will be telling times for Mr Smith, over the next 2 years or so. Despite his recent successes, I think he's probably in the toughest position that he's ever been in. The higher up the ladder you are, the more scrutiny you're bound to receive. His next few roles will determine whether his meteoric rise continues, or starts to fizzle... considering that they are mostly dramatic turns - something he hasn't done a lot of, especially not successively.

    Yup, I'll certainly be watching as well...

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