Netflix puts the brakes on Will Smith’s action movie ‘Fast and Loose’

Netflix has slowed development on its upcoming action thriller”Fast and loose,” who Will Smith was attached to star in. The project was moved to the streamer’s back burner in the days following 2022 Oscars ceremony, during which Smith took the stage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

In the week before the Oscars, director David Leitch also reportedly pulled out of the project, opting to move on to Ryan Gosling’s “Fall Guy” vehicle for Universal. After starting to look for a new director, Netflix has now shut down “Fast and Loose” in the days following the Oscars.

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It remains unclear whether Netflix will return to developing “Fast and Loose” and, if so, whether the streamer will seek a new star for the project. Variety has contacted Netflix for comment.

The story of “Fast and Loose” would follow a criminal who loses his memory after an attack. After mysteriously waking up in Tijuana, the character is forced to uncover clues to his past, leading him to learn that he has led two identities – one as a wealthy crime lord, the other as a as an undercover CIA agent.

With “Fast and Loose”, it remains to be seen how the dominoes might fall following Smith’s outburst at the Oscars. Smith’s Apple TV Plus drama “Emancipation” is currently in post-production and has been seen by some as a potential awards contender for the coming year. The thriller stars Smith as an escaped slave in Louisiana who joins the Union Army. The film is slated for release in 2022, but Apple has yet to release an official date.

‘Fast and Loose’ news comes hot on the heels of Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.

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