Will Smith has set his next project https://t.co/rjMmvHeIel— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 25, 2019
The actor has signed on to star in and produce The Council, a crime biopic written by Peter Landesman. The two previously worked together when Smith starred in Concussion, which Landesman wrote and directed.
The Council will tell the story of an organized crime syndicate run by seven black mobsters who operated in Harlem in the 1970s. The men dreamed of a self-sufficient and self-policing African-American city-state, funded by revolutionizing the drug game.
Smith will play Barnes, a man who partnered with the Italian Mafia to start his own syndicate, specializing in the heroin trade. He was arrested in 1978 and eventually turned on the council & became a federal informant. He was in the witness protection program and, though he died in 2012, his death was only reported this year.
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