is in negotiations for another gritty real-life role - as a convicted drug dealer who turns his life around to become a top chef.
Movie bosses at Columbia have picked up the film rights to Las Vegas chef Jeff Henderson's memoir Cooked
as a project for Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.
Smith is slated to star as Henderson, a one-time San Diego, California, cocaine dealer who discovered a passion for cooking in prison.
Now the Executive Chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Henderson had to convince Los Angeles area restaurant owners he would be a trustworthy and worthwhile addition to their kitchen teams upon his release from prison.
Smith, who started his film career with a series of comedic roles, has been selecting heavier fare of late.
He was Oscar nominated for his role in The Pursuit Of Happyness
, in which he played Chris Gardner, a real-life single father who went from being homeless to running a high-profile stocks company.
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