Will Smith will step into the Old Testament for his next movie role. He plays the ever suffering servant Job.
Generally, tales of the testament don’t sit right with contemporary audiences, or at least mainstream contemporary audiences. But what if a legitimate superstar, a mainstream movie maven, were to topline a motion picture based on the terrible story of Job? Is that something that you’d be interested in seeing?
Sony seems to think you might be and so the studio has attached its prized stallion, Will Smith, to a new project that would re-tell the horrific story. The film comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter), who aim to make this untitled a dramedy. In their own words (from the Movie B.S. podcast of Eric Snider and Jeff Bayer) this is how they’ve described their take on the material:
“It’s about a man [living] the American dream. He’s got the nice house, white picket fence, great kids, great wife, nice cars. God and the Devil get together every thousand years to bet on a man’s life, and the fate of the world is at stake. What all of us get hit with in a lifetime, this man gets hit with in a week, and it’s about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survive it. It’s a dramedy. At its heart, it’s a comedy, but it’s got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it.”
Will Smith is known as an avid humanitarian. I think it is a great idea for him to step into a role that might actually make a difference. Job is an ever suffering man that no matter hat happens refuses to give up on God.
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