Will Smith to Play Crime Boss in 'The Council'

Will Smith starred in Independence Day but not in Independence Day 2.
September 26, 2019 - 10:03 / Philip Faukland-Pollard

The 51-year-old star Will Smith will play real-life crime boss Nicky Barnes in the upcoming Netflix film. He will also produce alongside James Lassiter.

'The Council' will tell the story of Barnes and his organized crime syndicate in Harlem in the 1970s and 1980s. Barnes partnered with the Italian mafia to start his own drug syndicate.

Will Smith attends the Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films "Gemini Man" Budapest red carpet at Buda Castle Savoy Terrace on September 25, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary

True Story of Nicky Barnes

He was dubbed "Mr. Untouchable" by The New York Times, but after his arrest in 1978, he turned into a federal informant against the council. He was later put into the witness protection program and died in 2012. Due to him being in the program, Barnes' death was only reported this year.