‘Fast & Loose’: Will Smith And David Leitch’s Double Identity Thriller Goes To Netflix

Will Smith was once the king of blockbusters and one of the most reliable action movie stars in the world. It’s been a while since he’s hit that level, Gemini Man proved he’s not quite there yet, but if anyone can put Smith back on top it’s John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch. The two are teaming up for double-identity thriller Fast & Loose, and Netflix wants in on it.

Deadline reports Netflix has acquired Fast & Loose, apparently out-bidding “every major player” who wanted the film for themselves. It’s obvious why the streamer wants to stay in the Smith business, having scored one of their biggest audiences for Bright a couple of years ago.

The film has a script by The Meg duo Jon and Eric Hoeber that follows John Riley (Smith), who wakes up in Tijuana with no memory of who he was. He soon discovers that he was living two lives: one as a successful crime kingpin with everything a lavish lifestyle brings; the other as an undercover CIA agent with with no family, no money, just an ordinary guy. He must figure out which of these two identities is actually his, and whether that’s the one he truly wants.

Leitch is currently shooting his star-studded actioner Bullet Train, while Smith has the Richard Williams drama King Richard coming up this fall.

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