Will Smith will star as Nicky Barnes, an American crime boss. The 51-year-old actor will be producing the film alongside James Lassiter for Westbrook Inc.’s Overbrook Entertainment.
Peter Landesman will act as the screenwriter for The Council. Landesman and Smith worked together previously on the 2015 sports film Concussion.
The Council will tell the story of the real-life crime boss Nicky Barnes. The film will also revolve around the organized crime syndicate that was run by 7 black men who ran drug operations in Harlem during the 1970s. The men wanted to revolutionize the drug trade and provide better policies for Africa-American people.
Nicky Barnes called “Mr. Untouchable” by The New York Times was arrested in 1978. He was involved with the Italian mafia and his main focus was on the heroin trade. “Mr. Untouchable” was sent to prison for life. However, he was put under witness protection later on.
Barnes died in 2012 after his long battle with cancer. However, news of his death was not confirmed until 2019.
An earlier portrayal of the drug trafficker Nicky Barnes was shown in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. Cuba Gooding, Jr. played Barnes in the 2007 film, and it also starred Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.
Additionally, Will Smith recently starred as Genie in the Disney live-action remake of Aladdin alongside Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Furthermore, his latest film, Paramount’s Gemini Man will release on October 1.
Netflix has not announced a release date for The Council.
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