Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Trailer For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Smashes In
And our first (brief) look at The Vision
Luke Evans Will Be Beauty And The Beast's Gaston
He'll be beastly (but not the beast)
Zachary Quinto Joins Hannibal
But how will he fit into the show?
Bruce Willis Heads For Misery On Stage
He'll make his Broadway debut with the Stephen King adaptation
Fox Sets T.S. Nowlin To Adapt Third Maze Runner Book
The franchise's writer finds The Death Cure
Teaser Trailer For Ian McKellen's Mr Holmes Lands
Long in the sleuth
First Trailer For Self/Less
Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds find immortality has side effects
Peanuts Movie Character Posters Online
Charlie Brown and the gang get face time
Daniel Von Bargen 1950-2015
Gruff character actor dies aged 64
Jeff Goldblum Back For Independence Day 2
Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher also confirmed
Cary Fukunaga Updates On It
The search for Pennywise continues
Game Of Thrones' Rose Leslie Joins Luther
But Ruth Wilson won't be back
Steve Martin Joins Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
He's part of the cast for Ang Lee's latest
Community Season Six Trailer Online
The Age Of Yahoo is upon us
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In
Update: Make room for Cap!
Bryan Singer Adapting The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
He'll tackle the Robert A. Heinlein book
Steven Spielberg's New Film Now Titled Bridge Of Spies
Cold war thriller is untitled no longer
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
03 March 2015
Ethan Hawke Rides In For The Magnificent Seven
Training Day reunion klaxon!
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Focus (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Equalizer (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Empire Star Rating
2 Guns (2013)
Empire Star Rating
After Earth (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Denzel May Open American Can
Will Smith wants him for the drama

30 June 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Vulture

submit to reddit

Denzel May Open American Can

Given the harrowing human drama of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and its devastating impact on New Orleans, it’s a wonder it hasn’t been tapped for many more films than we’ve actually gotten. But Will Smith is not letting the opportunity go by. He’s still trying to get based-on-fact pic The American Can made, and is busy trying to convince Denzel Washington to star.

Smith first got involved back in 2009 when he and his Overbrook Entertainment company bought the life rights to the story of John Keller, a man who saved many lives in the aftermath of the storm.

Keller, a tough, tall former Marine, helped keep the 150-odd residents of his apartment complex – American Can, which is where the project gets its title, unsurprisingly – safe when they were cut off by 11-foot-high floods of fetid water. Many of those living in the building were elderly and infirm, and hadn’t been able to evacuate. Keller got them moved to the roof and co-ordinated the distribution of airdropped supplies while also guarding the place from looters.

With The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock having written the script and on board to direct, Smith had considered playing Keller himself, but he’s got other commitments (including M Night Shyamalan’s One Thousand A.E.) and so he’s now got Washington reading script drafts and giving notes to see whether he’d be a good fit for the project. Will Washington sign on? We’ll have to wait and see, but it certainly sounds like an attractive acting prospect…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Final Destination 5 Poster Online
3D skull destruction comin' atcha
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Oscar bait. zzzzz And I loves me some Denzel. But not Smith. More

Posted by UTB at 21:29 on 30 June 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Showrunner Beau Willimon Reveals 8 House Of Cards Secrets
On Kevin Spacey’s dog-dispatching and more…

21 Great Movie Cons
Fleece your friends with these duplicitous devices...

Empire Podcast 150: Margot Robbie
The Focus (and Wolf Of Wall Street) star from the Top Gear track...

Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)