Will Smith Leaves Legendary’s ‘Brilliance’

Will Smith has bowed out of Legendary Entertainment’s “Brilliance,” an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel.

The book is set in a world where 1% of the children born are savants, or “brilliants,” with special powers. A federal agent who has become a master hunter of terrorists must track down a savant terrorist who intends to start civil war.

Smith was attached to star in the film with Noomi Rapace co-starring. But scheduling couldn’t be worked out with Smith also headlining Warner Bros’ grifter tale “Focus,” set for release on Feb. 27. Legendary had hoped to start lensing “Brilliance” in August.

Julius Onah is directing with a script by David Koepp. Joe Roth, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce. Palak Patel, Eric McLeod and Alex Hedlund will serve as executive producers. Universal will distribute as part of its first-look deal with Legendary.

Deadline first reported the news.

Roth most recently produced Disney’s “Maleficent” that’s out in theaters now.

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