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Will Smith Just Turned 51 And Is Taking A Major Career Leap

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We know Will Smith likes to do it big for his birthday. Last year when he turned 50, the global super star marked the milestone year bunging jumping in the Grand Canyon. This year he’s taking another leap … and it involves his career.

The Philly native is taking on a role he’s never done before—a drug kingpin! Yes Smith has portrayed an anti-hero before (Hancock and Suicide Squad), but he’s definitely never played a whole ass drug dealer.

According to Indiewire, Smith will be starring in and producing Netflix’s The Council, an upcoming film based on New York City crime boss Nicky Barnes and his syndicate that ran Harlem in the 1970s and ’80s.

Smith already has a current relationship with Netflix, fresh off the critically panned Bright’s streaming success. The popular streaming platform has ordered a sequel for that film, in fact.

You recall Cuba Gooding, Jr., played the extra flashy Barnes in American Gangster, the Denzel Washington-led film about infamous drug trafficker, Frank Lucas. Sean “Puffy” Combs also portrayed Barnes in the 2015 film, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power. With The Council, this will be the first time Nicky Barnes’ story is at the forefront.

Needless to say it will be interesting to see how Willard tackles this. In the meantime, Smith is celebrating his 51st bday working. He’s currently promoting his new film Gemini Man overseas and hit the stage in Budapest with DJ Jazzy Jeff to perform some of their hits.

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