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Will Smith Wants Denzel For Katrina Drama

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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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5 comments to “Will Smith Wants Denzel For Katrina Drama”

  1. 1

    If it can't be Bob Saget, then Denzel is the next best choice!

  2. 2

    please black people, get the F' over it…..you wernt left to float because G-dub hated black people, you were left to float WITH white people, because G-dub didnt give a F' about POOR people. The racist crap these celebs and liberal media push….is like a wild case of herpes that wont heal….stop oVER using the race card….and you know these people will be pushinf the race card for this flick!! Remeber when the bitch ass mayor of NO said "god wants N.O. to be chocolate" LOL….can you imagine if a white man made a racist comment like that!??? Seriously…. Hollywood needs to be shut down for this shit!

  3. 3

    i thought he was in prison?

  4. 4

    Re: LIDIA777 – Why don't you ACCEPT the fact that racism exists in the US? And most of it is against people of color. Except for Obama, the rest of this country is run by majority Whites. The fact that John only got help when the WHITE people were evacuated *is* racist. After 2 days, no help until rescuers see Whitey in danger. You can't PUSH THE RACE CARD when it's already been played in plain sight of EVERYONE.

  5. 5

    The color of their skin had nothing to do with why it took two days for them to receive food and water. Ultimately, it was our government and political leaders who failed us during that tragic time. It was their fault that help wasn't received for anyone right away. It had nothing to do with being "black" or "white." As a lifelong resident of New Orleans, it bothers me that everyone makes the events that happened after hurricane Katrina a race issue. It wasn't about race. Everyone suffered, some worse then others, but EVERYONE suffered.