Jaden Smith Will Play A Cross-Dressing Slave In New Film

Jaden Smith's new film

It looks like Jaden Smith is going to give the acting thing a try once more. Last time around he starred with his dad Will Smith in the universally panned scientology baited film After Earth. Now it looks like Jaden is ready to right his wrongs and go after a film that’s detached from the action genre, or dropping box office bombs.

Jaden’s latest project is called The Good Lord Bird, and he will play opposite Liev Schrieber. According to Deadline, who ran the first report on Smith’s latest film, The Good Lord Bird, is “a big-screen adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride (Miracle At St. Anna, Red Hook Summer).”

The synopsis for Jaden’s new project is as follows:

“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. 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.”

Other than a budding acting career Jaden Smith is getting a bit of attention for tweets that the media has deemed as “dumb.”

Here’s a taste:

Aside from his ridiculous tweets, Smith was grabbing headlines over rumors that the actor was planning to emancipate himself from his parents Will and Jada Smith. Rumors started when The Sun printed an interview with Will Smith, with the action star detailing how Jaden was asking to be emancipated for his fifteenth birthday.

“He says, ‘Dad, I want to be emancipated.’ I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh. That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand. We generally don’t believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life.”

At the time Jaden cleared up the rumors on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

“The thing that people don’t get is that everything at his house is free. So I can get anything and everything that I want at his house, so I think Imma be there for 20, 30 more years. But he [Will Smith] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies, then I have to get my own house.”

No word on when Jaden Smith will be shooting his next film. The actor also has The Karate Kid 2 in the works as well.

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