Will Smith Seeks Denzel Washington For ‘The American Can’

Denzel WashingtonWhat happens when you combine two unstoppable forces in a project that’s already boundless in intrinsic emotional power? History, that’s what. Will Smith has been trying for a while to materialize The American Can: a drama based on effects of Hurricane Katrina, specifically the destruction of an apartment complex after which the project is named. Until recently, Smith had planned to star in the film—but he has decided to approach Denzel Washington with the opportunity.

The role in question is based on John Keller, an ex-marine who confined himself to the American Can apartment complex when the floods hit. He helped elderly and medically impaired residents to survive and eventually evacuate. Smith decided to find another actor for the role because he’s also helping to develop the M. Knight Shyamalan project, One Thousand A.E., which would delay The American Can further. Smith will remain heavily involved with The American Can behind the scenes.

Washington is in the process of filming Safe House, a spy thriller. He and Smith are maintaining communication in order to determine whether the two will in fact collaborate on The American Can.

The film will be written and directed by John Lee Hancock, the man behind The Blind Side.

Source: Vulture

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.