Turns out Randall Wallace who wrote films such as 'Bravehart' and 'We Were Soldiers' is noq going to write a movie called 'The Last Pharaoh' a Columbia Picture fim for Will Smith to play Taharqa, the pharaoh who battled Assyrian invaders in ancient Egypt. Trades report:
Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz will produce for Overbrook Entertainment.
Smith, who has long wanted to play the pharaoh, brought Wallace the Taharqa story.
The film will focus on his battles with Assyrian leader Esarhaddon starting in 677 B.C.
Smith next stars for Columbia in "Seven Pounds," a reteam with "Pursuit of Happyness" director Gabriele Muccino that Overbrook produced with Escape Artists.
This is so different from any other type of role Will Smith has ever played. He is playing a ancient historical figure in an ancient time. I like Will Smith as an actor, he has done some really good films. The guy has showed he can play a different range of characters, but it is hard for me to see him in this type of role and setting. It should be interesting to see how this turns out.