Will Smith already rules Hollywood. Now he's going to play a ruler on screen.
According to Variety, Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee, will play Taharga, an Egyptian pharoh who battled Assyrian invaders back in the day. The Columbia pictures drama will be written by Randall Wallace ("Braveheart") and will be produced by Smith's Overbrook production company.
The yet unnamed project will be Smith's first real period drama set in a different century. And with his current work slate of 18 projects in development, it looks like Smith might be kept busy until the 22nd century!
Next up for Smith is Columbia's "Seven Pounds," a reteam with
"Pursuit of Happyness" director Gabriele Muccino that Overbrook produced
with Escape Artists.