Well, McG is doing the same thing, and when Latino Review caught up with him at the Terminator: Salvation roadshow, they asked who his dream captain was. "Man I'm trying to get Will Smith to do it, been trying to get a hold of him. I've been wanting to work with him for a long time already. That guy's great." Oh. While Smith is capable of good work, he isn't the actor that first comes to mind when McG describes this version of Nemo. "The character Nemo in this film is more about obsession, he is obsessed and people tend to forget that when you become so obsessed you end up being the villain."
Add to the fact that Jules Verne's Nemo is actually a tragic Indian prince, whose origin and secret lair are revealed in The Mysterious Island -- it could be a great, star-making part for (and I'm going to steal CHUD's brilliant casting idea) a guy like Naveen Andrews. Andrews would be a perfect Nemo. Let's hope Smith is too busy producing The Karate Kid remake, and being the last pharaoh, and someone else has a chance to step in.