Will Smith to lead Netflix’s “The Council”

Will Smith will star as Harlem crime boss Nicky Barnes in the film, The Council on Netflix.

The film was announced by Netflix back in 2019 but put on hold due to Covid. Now that the world is becoming active again, filming is set to take place in NYC soon.

The Council is the never-before-told story of a crime syndicate consisting of seven African-American men who ruled Harlem in the 1970s and early 80s. No ordinary crime syndicate–the men dreamed of a self-sufficient and self-policing African American city-state, funded by revolutionizing the drug game. The movie centers on the Shakespearean court intrigue between The Council’s king, Nicky Barnes, dubbed ‘Mr. Untouchable’ by the New York Times, and all the different members as one unlikely rising protégé emerges.”

Peter Landesman to direct.