Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch will direct actor Will Smith in Fast & Loose, a crime drama currently being auctioned among studios and streamers. The move comes following a decision to shop the film around in the months since its initial development at STXfilms last April from a script by Jon and Erich Hoeber (The Meg, Red, Red 2), no star, and with Leitch attached only as producer at the time news broke.
After the leader of an upper-echelon criminal organization suffers memory loss from an attack, he reunites with his crew, only to find that things aren’t what he thinks they are. When John Riley (Smith) wakes up in Tijuana after being left for dead with absolutely no memory, he follows a string of clues to uncover his identity discovering he’s been living two different lives: one, as a super-successful crime kingpin, surrounded by beautiful women, expensive toys, and a lavish lifestyle and the other as an undercover CIA agent, but with a puny salary, no family or home life whatsoever, and zero trappings of success. The problem is, he can’t remember which of these two personas is his true identity, and, more importantly, which life he really wants to live.
The Bad Boys For Life and Gemini Man star will next shoot on Antoine Fuqua’s runaway slave drama, Emancipation for Apple TV+, and will next appear in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard, which will bow day-and-date this November in theaters and on HBO Max.
Smith will also produce Fast & Loose for his Westbrook Studios banner with co-president and head of motion pictures Jon Mone and James Lassiter, next to Leitch over at 87North with Kelly McCormick. 87North is on deck this year with action thriller Nobody opening April 2 among its current slate, with Leitch presently at the helm for Brad Pitt action thriller, Bullet Train. (Deadline)