Will Smith is being courted to headline James Cameron’s production of Fantastic Voyage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film has been in the planning stages for some time but may be delayed by the loss of its director, Shawn Levy (Date Night), if Smith or another A-list actor doesn’t sign on. Levy is said to be considering departing the project if a big-budget actor doesn’t agree to star within the next few weeks.
The film, which is set to be a remake of the 1966 original of the same name, is about a group of five scientists who become miniaturized in a ship and injected into the bloodstream of their dying colleague in the hopes of finding a cure for his illness. The feature will make use of the same visual technology Cameron developed for Avatar.
Actor Hugh Jackman, who stars in Levy’s next feature Real Steel, was previously rumored to be attached to the project. However, there’s been no further news on Jackman’s potential involvement, and at this point we can only wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.