Will Smith to Star in “Brilliance”

Will Smith has joined Paramount’s Brilliance

The forthcoming sci-fi movie is an adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s dystopian trilogy of the same name. 

The adaptation is being penned by Akiva Goldsman. Smith and Goldsman also produce with James Lassiter and Shane Salerno.

The novel is set in the future in a world in which 1% percent of the population has been born with special powers since 1980, who are demonized by society as “twists” or “abnorms.” While they are officially labeled as “Brilliants,” the government makes sure to tracked them so they don’t threaten the status quo of the “normal” population.

According to Deadline, Smith will play Nick Cooper, a federal agent whose job is to track down and terminate “abnorms” who use their gifts for ill. He himself is an “abnorm” and the father of a “Brilliant” daughter.

The feature is currently in production. A director is not yet on board.