Several of his projects are now compromised, such as Fast and Loose, a Netflix production, in which he plays the leading role. The platform is considering reviewing its casting.
The unexpected slap will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on Will Smith’s career. Since the incident at the Oscars, his plans are now in question, as reported The Hollywood Reporter while several leading roles are offered to him.
The American platform Netflix was the first to turn its back on the actor, Oscar winner this year for The Williams Method . Fast and Loose, the umpteenth action film she produced, starred Will Smith, an amnesiac mobster left for dead in Mexico. While director David Leitch (John Wick , Atomic Blonde , Deadpool 2) prefers to abandon the project to join Fall Guy, new production signed Universal, Netflix must also find its new first role. Sony, a producer of Badboys 4the fourth part of the adventures of Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, has decided to suspend the shooting of the film, scheduled for 2023. Will Smith had also read about forty pages of the script shortly before the Dolby Theater ceremony.
Expected for the second quarter of 2022, the drama Emancipation is inspired by a true story, where a slave – embodied by Will Smith therefore – escapes from a plantation in Louisiana, before enlisting in the ranks of the American army during the Civil War. The film may never see the light of day, or at least not on Apple TV+. Unlike Netflix and Sony, the platform has remained silent on the follow-up to be given to Emancipation. With production over, the 53-year-old actor has no choice but to stay on. It remains to be seen whether the decision of the Academy of the Oscars, expected on April 18, will postpone the release date of the film or not.
At the beginning of March, Will Smith announced that he would follow up on I’m a legend, of which he will be the protagonist but also the producer alongside Michael B. Jordan. The Black Panther actor convinced Smith to reprise his role as Robert Neville. “I’m a legend, it was one of those films that I was ready not to touch again. And then I heard this idea… I immediately thought that it could work. That we could do it!Will Smith explained to EntertainmentTonight . “And Michael B. Jordan is behind the creation of the idea”. Although no plot has yet been revealed, the concept is, according to the actor, “really, really cool”. A project that is now at the draft stage.
On April 18, the board of directors of the Academy of Oscars will decide on the sentence to be given to Will Smith following his stroke. Although the actor decided to withdraw from the institution before the announcement of the verdict, the members of the council could still rule on his suspension or his exclusion. The Best Actor Oscar should not be taken away from him.