Will plays Chris Gardner, a single parent who insists on raising his son while he struggles to make ends meet. A chance meeting on the street with a successful stockbroker inspires him, and with the odds stacked against him, Chris talks his way into an unpaid internship with a brokerage firm.
Forced to lead a double life, Chris works on Wall Street by day and is homeless by night. Still, Chris dreams of a better life for his son...and then he makes it happen. It's the ultimate rags-to-riches tale.
"What I really connect to ... it's the idea of why I think America is such a great country," Will says. "The promise of America is such a great idea because this is the only country in the world that Chris Gardner could exist."