Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman and Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto. Photo Credit: Jared Leto/Facebook

Jared Leto in talks to replace Will Smith in Brilliance


If the reports are to be believed, it would seem as if Jared Leto is about to be cast in his next big role.

According to Deadline, Leto, who earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, is in early negotiations to replace Will Smith in Brilliance.

As some of you may already know, Will Smith dropped out of the film shortly before it was announced that he would be taking on a role in a film about the effect of concussions in the NFL.

Now, don’t get too excited just yet. There is nothing substantial in place right now, and Leto has only had a meeting with director Julius Onah.

There have not been a lot of details released about the film thus far; however, Deadline is reporting that the film is based on a novel of the same name by author Marcus Sakey.

Here is a look at the book description on Amazon:

“In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.”

Deadline is also reporting that Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace has been attached to the film as the female lead in the film.

Personally, I would love to see what Jared Leto could do in a film like this. He has always seemed to gravitate to more of an indie style of film, or at the very least a film that tells a very real story like Dallas Buyers Club. Seeing him in something a little more mainstream and complex would be an interesting change.

He has already proven that he can take on a difficult role and really command the screen I the process, so I can’t wait to see if this turns into something a little more substantial for him.

As I said before, there is very limited information on the film at this point, especially when it comes to things like casting (outside of the two mentioned above,) and even a release date; however, I am sure that as things begin to fall into place, we will start to see the bigger picture come into focus.

What do you think? Do you think Leto could excel in a role in a film like this one? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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