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Julius Onah is directing the project, which has a script by David Koepp. Joe Roth, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni are producing.
The book takes place in a world where a minority set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called “brilliants.” A panic sets in among the human majority, bringing the world to a civil war, which is exactly what a nefarious faction wants.
Smith is playing a federal agent, a brilliant with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start the civil war.
Rapace will play a tattooed and pierced brilliant that is identified as a terrorist by the government.
Universal will release the feature project, which is aiming for a summer start.
Rapace made a name for herself as the tough and tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander in the Scandinavian The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies. She was last seen in Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and has the crime thriller Child 44, with Tom Hardy and Joel Kinnaman, in the can.
She is repped by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.
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