Back in 1996, Will Smith launched onto the A-list after playing alien-slugging pilot Steven Hiller in Independence Day — and he’s stayed there ever since, reigning for nearly 20 years as one of Hollywood’s most respected and bankable stars. So now that two new Independence Day movies are in the works, fans are asking the obvious question: Is Smith coming back for the sequels?
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When Quentin Tarantino’s western revenge-fantasy Django Unchained was first announced, casting rumors pegged Will Smith as the titular slave-turned-vigilante. But Smith, who teams with his son Jaden in this summer’s sci-fi epic After Earth, tells EW that he turned down the part because his character would’ve been second fiddle to the bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) who teaches Django his trade . “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” says the Men in Black star, whose departure opened the door for Jamie Foxx to play the role.
Smith says that before he left the project, he even pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central role in the story. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” (Ironically, Waltz was considered a supporting actor during his Oscar-winning award season, while Jamie Foxx was promoted as the movie’s lead.)
But no hard feelings: Smith was a big fan of the final product. “I thought it was brilliant,” he says. “Just not for me.”
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It’s been a good month for Quvenzhané Wallis! Not only is the actress, now 9, the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but EW has learned that she’s in consideration to star in Sony’s upcoming remake of the Broadway musical Annie. A studio rep stresses, though, that newly named director Will Gluck (Easy A) and the producers at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-Z’s Marcy Media, which have been developing the project, have yet to make any casting decisions. READ FULL STORY
'After Earth' trailer: Will Smith and Jaden Smith together again, for the first time, for the last time
Following a successful collaboration in The Pursuit of Happyness and also a lifetime of being related to each other, Will Smith and Jaden Smith are reteaming in After Earth, a film about a father and son in the far-future who land on a the most terrifying planet of all: [planet's name redacted to avoid ironic spoiler]. The first trailer for After Earth looks intriguing. It also looks intriguingly similar to Oblivion. Watch the trailer, which unfortunately doesn’t mention the very important fact that Will Smith is playing a character named General Cypher Raige: READ FULL STORY
Here come the 'Men in Black' on DVD: A behind-the-scenes peek at the aliens of 'MIB 3' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Serendipity alert! Men in Black 3 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. The movie’s chief alien creator — legendary makeup artist Rick Baker — will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that same day. If you’re wondering why Baker deserves this honor, just take a look at the exclusive clips below — these excerpts from the DVD/Blu-ray’s special features take viewers on a tour of MIB 3‘s many featured creatures, hundreds of which sport Baker’s prosthetics. Let’s hope J and K don’t show up with a pair of neuralyzers while you’re watching:
Quentin Tarantino's 'Playboy' interview reveals who almost starred in 'Django Unchained' -- EXCLUSIVE
It’s been widely reported that director Quentin Tarantino first wanted Will Smith to star in the title role of his upcoming slavery-era Western Django Unchained. When Smith turned it down, the role eventually went to Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, but in this exclusive excerpt from his interview in the December issue of Playboy, Tarantino reveals for the first time that there were several other actors in contention for the part — and he was planning on pitting them against each other.
“I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work,” Tarantino tells Playboy (in the issue that will be on stands Nov. 20). READ FULL STORY
With Hurricane Sandy inflicting a perfect storm of dramatic rain and wind, movie premieres and filming have screeched to a halt on parts of the East Coast.
New York area filming for Warner Bros. fantasy Winter’s Tale, starring Russell Crowe and Will Smith, and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, has been shut down for Monday and Tuesday, a studio spokesman confirmed to EW.
Focus Features also confirmed to EW that Tuesday’s New York City premiere of lush period drama Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, has been postponed, and a future date is being considered. The film’s Los Angeles premiere is still set for Nov. 14.
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Writers have been documenting the incredible shrinking movie star for decades. Google “the last movie star,” and not only will you find serious musings about George Clooney, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise, but thoughtful ones about Elizabeth Taylor. Hyperbole about imminent extinction aside, movie stars have shrunk as the films have grown bigger and louder. Just look at the box-office results from last year. Thirteen of the top 15 films were sequels, franchise starters, or animated films that don’t always require or even want stars. So far this year, The Hunger Games has proven once again that you don’t need a huge international star like Smith, Cruise, or Brad Pitt to mint box-office millions, and The Avengers cruised past a billion dollars with stars predominantly of Marvel’s own creation. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, one of the other famous faces currently chiseled in Hollywood’s hypothetical Mt. Rushmore, learned that makeup, eccentricity, and Tim Burton do not always connect, as Dark Shadows opened poorly and is limping home. It all begs the question: Are movie stars still essential? And as the current class of elite stars inches towards 50, who is poised to save the planet and catch the bad guy while kissing the girl? READ FULL STORY
It has been over three years since we last saw Will Smith on the silver screen in 2008′s Seven Pounds. Regardless of the profession, three years is a long break. But in the movie industry, it can be an eternity. So it was only natural for many to wonder whether Smith’s previous box-office dominance would waver at all when Men in Black 3 hit theaters last weekend. Could the movie star pick up where he left off in 2008 and continue selling a gazillion tickets as though his sabbatical simply never occurred? Well, sort of.
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