September 08, 2008 08:59:55 GMT
'Braveheart' scribe, Randall Wallace, has been picked up to pen the war drama which is expected to be Will Smith's starring vehicle.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith, may next be seen as the titular character in "The Last Pharaoh". Eyeing to put the project to fruition for quite sometime, the Hollywood actor has reportedly managed to persuade "Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace to work on his film's script through his company, Overbrook Entertainment.
With Wallace on-board the project, Smith is one step closer to star as Taharqa, the Nubian pharaoh who was involved in a battle with the Assyrians to claim the throne of Amun-Ra and ruled over Egypt from 690BC to 664 BC. Through Overbrook, he is also attached to co-produce "Pharaoh" along with James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.
"Last Pharaoh" is said to resolve around the battle between Taharqa, a member of Egypt's 25th dynasty, and Esarhaddon, Assyrian leader who seeks to invade Egypt. The war between the two ignited in 677 B.C. and lasted even until the death of Esarhaddon. Though this epic drama project is entitled "Last Pharaoh", Taharqa was not the last Pharaoh of Egypt. In reality, the last Pharaoh is Cleopatra VII.