Will Smith has been trying for quite some time (about two years) to get his hurricane Katrina drama called The American Can into production. At first he was going to produce AND star in it, but scheduling issues and delays have kept him strictly behind the scenes and he doesn't want to wait any longer.
So he wants to hand off the role to Denzel Washington!
When you hear what the story is about, you'll realize that it's a perfect fit (except for maybe Denzel's height). WARNING, there are spoilers, but it's a true story and it's already out there:
The script follows the real-life harrowing ordeal suffered by the residents of the American Can apartment complex when the levees broke. Trapped by eleven feet of fetid water for two days, a six-foot-seven ex-Marine named John Keller stayed behind to ward off looters and help care for the dozens of aged or infirm residents who couldn’t evacuate. After spending two futile days trying to flag down help, Keller ultimately succeeded in getting desperately needed food, water, and medical supplies air-dropped onto the complex only after finally moving dozens of aged and infirm — and notably, white — residents onto the rooftop of American Can to catch rescuers' attention.
It's written by the same dude who did The Blind Side, which landed Sandra Bullock an Oscar. He, John Lee Hancock, is also set to direct.
Denzel is currently giving notes, so it's only a matter of time before we hear if he accepts and if they agree he's a fit!
Good luck, guys! It's an incredible story!
[Image via WENN.]
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