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Will Smith (Who Turns 51 Today) Set To Transform Into Drug Kingpin Nicky Barnes In Netflix’s ‘The Council’

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Will Smith is returning to Netflix as a crime boss. He’s set to play Nicky Barnes in an upcoming film titled, The Council. Deets on the film and how his family celebrated his 51st birthday inside…

Will Smith is returning to Netflix.

The Hollywood veteran – who turns 51 today - will be transforming into well-known NYC crime boss Nicky Barnes for a Netflix biopic titled, The Council, which tells the story of a drug ring that was comprised of seven African-American men who ran New York City’s Harlem borough in the ’70s and ’80s. They wanted to rule Harlem as an independent African-American city-state funded by the drug industry.

Not only is he starring in the film, the BRIGHT star is also producing with his partner James Lassiter via Westbrook Inc.’s Overbrook Entertainment along with Jackson Pictures’ Matt Jackson and Jason Essex for Anonymous Nobodies. The actor will re-team with Concussion director Peter Landesman, who wrote the screenplay for the new film and will executive produce as well. No director is on board yet.

Deadline reports:

Barnes, born Leroy Nicholas Barnes, was active during the 1970s leading an international drug trafficking ring, in partnership with the Italian-American mafia. He was arrested in 1978 and sentenced to life imprisonment, eventually becoming a federal informant, which led to the demise of The Council. Barnes died from cancer in 2012, however, his death was recently made known due to him being under witness protection.

The story is being described as centering on the Shakespearean court intrigue between the council’s king, Nicky Barnes, dubbed “Mr. Untouchable” by The New York Times, and all the different members of the council.

Executive producing the project are Landesman, Jackson Pictures’ Joanne Lee and David Lee for Anonymous Nobodies.

Like we said, it's Will's birthday today and his family, including his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and his sister Ellen Smith, posted up birthday tributes on social media:





Happy Birthday Will!

Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

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