Will Smith has been tapped to play renowned Harlem drug lord Nicky Barnes in an upcoming Netflix movie titled The Council.
According to Deadline, Peter Landesman will executive produce. Smith and partner James Lassiter are producing the pic for Westbrook Inc.'s Overbrook Entertainment along with Jackson Pictures' Matt Jackson and Jason Essex for Anonymous Nobodies.
The Harlem reigned in the 1970s and early '80s but was quickly targeted and brought down after he was crowned "Mr. Untouchable" by the New York Times and posed on the cover of the magazine for the issue.
It's taken a while to get a Nicky Barnes feature flick. In American Gangster, he was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding Jr. - and some speculated that his stellar performance could have led to a Barnes spin-off - but it never happened.
Barnes was arrested in 1978 and sentenced to life imprisonment turned states evidence against his ring, The Council and was released into witness protection. In an interview following his release, he gave one of the reasons for him flicking on his crew - his homeboy bedded his girlfriend/mistress while he was locked up.