ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

It's been a long time since Will Smith was first making people laugh as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. These days, he's an A-list Hollywood actor with two Oscar nominations under his belt. 2016 has been a big year for Smith, going from super villain in to a certified genius struggling with grief in . Here's a list of all the new and upcoming Will Smith movies that will be heading to a theater near you over the next few years.

New & Upcoming Will Smith Movies

1. 'Collateral Beauty'

  • Director: David Frankel
  • Starring: Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren
  • Release Date: December 16

Smith stars as Howard Inlet, a New York ad man who finds himself struggling to move on with his life after the death of his daughter. Concentrating on the interconnectedness of time, death and love, he writes letters obsessively to each of these entities. Then, miraculously, they answer him.

2. 'Bright'

  • Director: David Ayer
  • Starring: Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
  • Release Date: 2017

As part of its push for more original content, is backing this $90 million thriller from Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Will Smith stars in this fantasy action cop flick as Detective Scott Ward, who goes on patrol and encounters a dark world running amok with fairies and orcs. Joel Edgerton co-stars as Nick Jakoby, an Orc that becomes a cop.

Out of all Will Smith's upcoming movies, Bright is particularly noteworthy since all the rights are owned by Netflix. It's their first big-budget feature of the kind, and won't be shown in theaters. It will be available exclusively on the streaming service.

3. 'Bad Boys For Life'

'Bad Boys' [Credit: Columbia]
'Bad Boys' [Credit: Columbia]
  • Director: Joe Carnahan
  • Starring: Martin Lawrence, Derrick Gilbert
  • Release Date: 12 January 2018

For the first time in over a decade, Bad Boys is back on the list of Will Smith's upcoming movies. Although no plot details have been released yet, it seems pretty safe to assume that detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) will be up to their old tricks in this follow up to (1995) and (2003). This time, in , the cast list includes the addition of little Derrick Gilbert in the role of "Son." Throwing a kid into the mix seems like a recipe for disaster, which will hopefully make things even funnier.

Seriously, how cute is this kid?

4. 'Bad Boys 4'

'Bad Boys 2' [Credit: Columbia]
'Bad Boys 2' [Credit: Columbia]
  • Director: TBA
  • Starring: Martin Lawrence
  • Release Date: 24 May 2019

Whatever happens in Bad Boys for Life, it looks like Smith and Lawrence are already signed on for a fourth follow-up in the Bad Boys franchise. But with no director or other stars signed on to , we'll have to wait and see what happens with this one.


Which of these upcoming Will Smith movies are you most excited for?

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