Will Smith to Play Iraq War Vet in ‘Sugar Bandits’?

Will Smith has added another hot title to his list of upcoming projects, having signed up to lead the cast of the high-octane action thriller “Sugar Bandits.” This casting announcement marks a significant step forward in his career, bringing him back into the spotlight. 

Smith will star in the film as a former Special Forces soldier who joins an elite squad of vigilantes that make it their goal to do away with the drug trade in Boston.

However, everything is not as it seems in what has been dubbed one of the most buzzy packages to emerge from the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.

The project began several years ago at Universal Pictures, with director Joe Carnahan set to direct, but it has since been pivoted to be released independently.

Regardless of his fame, Smith will play a supporting role in the film rather than the lead. There is currently no director attached, but the film’s script is generating a lot of interest from buyers who want to take on the project.

Based on Chuck Hogan’s book “Devils in Exile,” the thriller follows an Iraq War veteran who teams up with a group of other vets to target the drug trade in Boston. Hogan, who previously wrote “The Town” and “The Strain” (co-written with Guillermo del Toro), penned the screenplay.

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AGC International and CAA Media Finance handle the film’s global distribution rights and will present it to buyers at the upcoming EFM.

Smith and Jon Mone will produce through Westbrook Studios, with Ryan Shimazaki in charge; Stuart Ford will produce for AGC Studios, which is completely funding the project; and Richard Abate will produce for 3 Arts Entertainment.

Smith, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for “King Richard” but was suspended from the ceremony after slapping Chris Rock, most recently appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s 2022 film “Emancipation,” which Apple purchased at Cannes for a festival record of $120 million but received mixed reviews from critics and general disinterest from audiences.

Since then, Smith has lined up several other projects, including Sony’s “Bad Boys 4,” which will be released later this year, and a sequel to his 2007 hit zombie film “I Am Legend,” which co-starred Michael B. Jordan.

Will Smith‘s life has changed dramatically over the last year, and he recently updated on his mental state. “I need to be clear about who I am and what I am trying to do in the world,” he said.

“And I don’t need others to applaud me to stay focused on my mission. I want you to be happy. At the same time, I am profoundly human. And I am currently perfecting my virtue.”

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