Variety is reporting that Joe Carnahan is set to direct his own script Smokin’ Aces for Working Title and Universal Pictures. The news also tells us that Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven and Alicia Keys are in negotiations to star in teh feature with Ben Affleck with a possible small role.
The film will find Reynolds playing an FBI agent supervising a manhunt for a standup comedian (Piven) who has decided to squeal on the mob. Before he heads off into protective custody, the comic goes for one last hurrah in the casinos at Tahoe, drawing a crowd of assassins.
Keys would be making her feature film debut as an assassin. She is also in line to play Philippa Schuyler, a piano prodigy in Compositions in Black and White alongside Halle Berry for Columbia Pictures, but that deal has also not been finalized.