I’ve just learned that Jared Leto now joins Will Smith in saying no to director Julius Onah’s Brilliance for Legendary Pictures. This would have been Leto’s first major starring role since winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, which was Leto’s first film in 5 years. Leto met with the director on Monday but has now turned down the project, an adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel scripted by David Koepp. Noomi Rapace is attached for the female lead. Universal will release through its Legendary deal.
In other film news today all over the web, Looper writer-director Rian Johnson will script and helm Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX LucasFilm/Disney, taking over the iconic series from JJ Abrams.