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Jared Leto Will Not Star in 'Brilliance'

June 24, 2014 (4:11 am) GMT
Following the footsteps of Will Smith, the 'Dallas Buyers Club' actor turns down the lead role in the movie based on a book of the same title by Marcus Sakey.

is no longer expected to join the cast and crew of "", Nikki Finke has learned. The vocalist met with the film's director Julius Onah early last week and said he was interested in the project before he changed his mind.

Leto is not the first actor who has turned down the lead role in the flick based on the book of the same title by author Marcus Sakey. was previously attached to play a federal agent named Nick Cooper before he exited the project to work on another feature film.

"Brilliance" is set in a world where rare people called Brilliants are born with special abilities. Using his abilities, Cooper tries to save the world from a dangerous Brilliant who plans to ignite a civil war. "" and "" fame has signed on to play the female lead.

Had Leto replaced Smith, it would have been his first major starring role since winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "" earlier this year. Meanwhile, rumors suggest the actor/singer is currently eyed to play the lead in Marvel's "Dr. Strange".

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