Release date: Dec. 19
“Seven Pounds” reunites Will Smith with the filmmaking team behind the pic that earned him his last Oscar nomination, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Returning to the helm is Italian director Gabriele Muccino. Oscar winner Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump”), Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal are part of the producer lineup again. And, among others, Oscar-winning editor Hughes Winborne (“Crash”) is also back.
Smith plays an IRS agent “with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers,” according to Sony. Pic hasn’t been screened yet, and its plot is deliberately being kept under wraps (because it could be seen as a bit of a downer). Suffice it to say, though, the story promises those important kudo-baiting hallmarks: life-changing love and, of course, redemption.
Smith first stumbled upon Muccino’s work when he was in Italy promoting a pic. After their successful collaboration on “Pursuit,” the duo didn’t find another good fit to reteam until “Seven Pounds.”
New to the collaboration this time is the cast, including Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper and Woody Harrelson, who play characters along the road of Smith’s redemptive journey. If the pic delivers strong performances, nominations for multiple thesps could be forthcoming, including Smith.
It could be a steeper climb for Muccino and others behind the camera. “Pursuit” yielded just one nom — for Smith — despite strong kudos buzz on the pic.