"'Cell" star Ealy tapped for Will Smith film

Mon Feb 4, 2008 2:04am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Will Smith has chosen Michael Ealy to play his brother in the drama "Seven Pounds." The story, by Grant Nieporte, follows a suicidal IRS agent (Smith) who assumes the identity of his younger brother. His plans are complicated when he falls in love.

Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson are in the cast as well.

Gabriele Muccino, who directed Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness," is helming the Columbia feature.

Ealy was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on Showtime's "Sleeper Cell." He recently wrapped a starring turn in Spike Lee's World War II feature "Miracle at St. Anna," based on the true story of four black soldiers who risk their lives to save an Italian boy while in enemy territory.

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<p>Actor Michael Ealy attends the panel for Showtime mini-series "Sleeper Cell" at the Television Critic's Association Summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills July 16, 2005. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>