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Will Smith hopes to beat Idris Elba to Barack Obama role

Will Smith has set his sights on portraying Barack Obama on the big screen after floating the idea to the President during a recent meeting.

The Ali star reveals he would love to turn the politician's life story into a movie at some point in the future, and if the project does come to fruition, Smith wants to be first in line for the lead role.


During an appearance on the podcast The Frame, the 47 year old was asked when he would play the world leader, to which he replied, "I don't know - he's got to write the end of the story. As soon as he finishes the third act!


"We talked about that, me and the President, probably about six months ago."


Reports previously suggested British actor Idris Elba would be Obama's first choice to tackle the role, if a biopic is ever made, but Smith is determined to perfect his twang to give him the edge over any competitors.


"Idris has got that British thing," Smith laughs. "He sounds so intelligent. I'll have to work on my Obama accent and show him I can do it better than Idris."