Netflix first acquired the upcoming action thriller called Fast & Loose which would’ve starred Will Smith back in July 2021. The movie was about a man who suffers from memory loss and tries to find out who he really is as he discovers he’s been living a double-life as a crime kingpîn and a CIA agent. Sadly, the movie is on hold as of April 2022.
In April 2022, Netflix put the project to the “back burner” which essentially means it’s on low priority and not even guaranteed to be produced at this point.
Netflix’s Fast & Loose was originally set to be helmed by David Leitch whose directing credits include such impressive action films as Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, and more. His involvement ceased ahead of the 2022 Oscars.
The script for Fast & Loose was penned by the screenwriting duo Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who also have an action-heavy resume: RED, RED 2, Battleship, The Meg, and more.
Leitch and Kelly McCormick will produce for 87North along with STXfilms and Westbrook Studios’ Smith, Co-President and Head of Motion Pictures Jon Mone, Ryan Shimazaki and James Lassiter. Here’s everything else we know about Netflix’s Fast & Loose:
What’s the plot of Fast & Loose?
Here’s the story synopsis for Netflix’s Fast & Loose as seen in Production Weekly:
After the leader of an upper-echelon criminal organization suffers memory loss from an attack, he reunites with his crew, only to find that things aren’t what he thinks they are. When John Riley (Smith) wakes up in Tijuana after being left for dead with absolutely no memory, he follows a string of clues to uncover his identity discovering he’s been living two different lives: one, as a super-successful crime kingpin, surrounded by beautiful women, expensive toys, and a lavish lifestyle and the other as an undercover CIA agent, but with a puny salary, no family or home life whatsoever, and zero trappings of success. The problem is, he can’t remember which of these two personas is his true identity, and, more importantly, which life he really wants to live.
Who is cast in Fast & Loose?
Academy Award nominee Will Smith was announced to be the lead star of Fast & Loose. Smith has a vast career under his belt with Men in Black, Independence Day, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Suicide Squad, I, Robot, and many more.
What’s the production status of Fast & Loose?
Netflix’s Fast & Loose was in active development throughout 2021 with the script being polished.
With the news from The Hollywood Reporter that the project has been halted, it’s unclear if and when any development will continue. This wasn’t the only Netflix project starring Will Smith in development. A sequel to Bright named Bright 2, was also due to come to the service at some point. Filming on the sequel was reportedly due to begin in late 2021 but that never got underway.