WILL SMITH is nominated for Best Actor for his role in King Richard at tomorrow’s Baftas – and may soon return with his own biopic.
I can reveal that he is at the center of a bidding war for the rights to turn his life story into a movie, following the release of the memoir Will last year.
Several streaming services are battling to get the green light to make the film and he’s eyeing an eight-figure fee for the rights.
A source said: “Some feared Will’s brutal honesty in his book could damage his reputation.
“But it did the opposite and helped him connect with his audience like never before.
“When he signed his book deal, he did so with an accompanying biopic in mind.
“Now every streaming service is clamoring for the rights. The bidding war means he can command a huge amount of money, so he’s weighing his options to see which one will handle his life story more carefully.
“The book was really successful because it told his inspiring, but sometimes very difficult story.
“Because it’s going to be so personal, it’s a sensitive thing for Will. He wants to make sure it’s done the right way and it’s not something that’s rushed, no matter the money. .
His book, which came out in November, charted his rise from a kid in West Philadelphia to becoming a chart-topping rapper and box office record-breaking actor.
It also deals with his personal troubles, including issues with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and children.
Will is not expected to attend tomorrow’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He is filming the second series of his Disney+ show Welcome To Earth, in Guatemala.
Despite an acting career spanning over 30 years, this is his first Bafta nomination.
He is in contention after playing coach Richard Williams, the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena, in the biopic.
Will faces competition from Stephen Graham, Adeel Akhtar, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mahershala Ali and Leonardo DiCaprio.
If he wins, it would be perfect timing. What better way to finish your own film.