Will Smith is in line to star in the drama American Can.

The actor would take on the lead role in the film, which is based on the true story of Gulf War veteran John Keller, who protected a group of elderly people in the American Can apartment building during Hurricane Katrina.

American Can has been in development at Overbrook since 2009, with Denzel Washington previously being considered for the lead role in 2011.

Sony Pictures, Smith's Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett Smith have since revived the neglected project, reports Deadline.

Ed Zwick hs entered talks to direct the drama, which was written by Adetoro Makinde and John Lee Hancock.

Smith is also rumoured to still be in line for assassin thriller The Accountant.

He will next be seen alongside his son Jaden Smith in M Night Shyamalan's After Earth.