Will Smith starring in biblical update Joe

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Will Smith’s been taking a bit of a breather from the movies in the past couple of years, but he’s about to make a comeback. First up is Men In Black 3 , and then drama Joe .

The latter is an update of the biblical saga of Job, in which the devil challenged devout man Job by taking away all his worldly possessions, hoping that he would curse God.

Screenwriting duo Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have sold their script to Sony Pictures, who are apparently keen to sign The Fighter director David O. Russell to helm. Nothing like an Oscar nom to give a man a little cred.

That’s if Russell can find the time between his other projects, which include video game adap Uncharted , as well as the rumoured likes of 2 Guns and Cocaine Cowboys.

Tamasy confirms that Smith is locked to star, saying: “He’ll be playing Joe. The movie’s called Joe . It’s about a man [ who is living ] the American dream.

“He’s got the nice house, white picket fence, great kids, great wife, nice cars. God and the devil get together every thousand years to bet on a man’s life, and the fate of the world is at stake.

What all of us get hit with in a lifetime, this man gets hit with in one week. And it’s about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survive it.

“It’s a dramedy. At its heart, it’s a comedy - but it’s got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it.”