Will Smith reportedly wants Denzel Washington to star in his film about Hurricane Katrina.
The Men In Black star has been developing drama The American Can for two years, but now New York magazine's Vulture blog reports he intends to take an off-camera role as producer and offer Denzel the lead role of ex-Marine John Keller.
The film has been written by John Lee Hancock, writer and director of Oscar-winner The Blind Side, who will also direct.
The drama follows the ex-marine who stayed behind after the hurricane swept through New Orleans, to ward off looters and help care for the dozens of aged or infirm residents who were left trapped in the American Can apartment building.
The residents were surrounded by dirty water for two days, before Keller finally managed to get food, water and medical supplies air-dropped on to the complex.
Will had been planning on starring as Keller himself, but he has now signed up to appear in M Night Shyamalan's One Thousand A.E, which has had it's start date delayed until January 2012.
Keen to move forward on The American Can, Will and Denzel, who is currently filming the Universal spy thriller Safe House, are now in talks about the role.