(AllHipHop News) Will Smith is set to depict yet another real-life figure as the star of a new film about crime boss Nicky Barnes.
The actor, who took on roles inspired by real people in films like “Concussion,” “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “Ali,” will headline “The Council” for Netflix.
The production will rejoin Smith with his “Concussion” director Peter Landesman, who also wrote the script.
The project centers on the drug ring Barnes ran in 1970s Harlem.
Nicky Barnes, real name Leroy Nicholas Barnes, was a mobster until he was arrested in 1978 and sentenced to life in prison.
He later became an FBI informant and lived out his days in the witness protection program before losing his battle with cancer in 2012.