Jaden Smith to Play a Slave in ‘The Good Lord Bird’

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  • Another slavery-set film is in the Hollywood pipeline – this one involving Will Smith’s son Jaden.

    Author James McBride’s book “The Good Lord Bird” is getting a big screen adaptation with Smith and Liev Schreiber in the lead roles of Henry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation
    with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters.

    The story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War.

    McBride is also producing the adaptation of his NY Times bestseller which was a 2013 National Book Award winner and made Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year list.

    It has drawn comparisons to Mark Twain’s classic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, according to Deadline.com.

    Fifteen-year-old Smith is coming off a run of feature turns in Sony’s “Karate Kid” reboot with Jackie Chan and sci-fier “After Earth,” opposite his father. He’s set to return for “Karate Kid 2,” under director Breck Eisner.

    How do you think Jaden will fair as a slave? Are you excited about another slave-based movie?

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