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Jaden Smith Lands Leading Role in Slavery Film 'The Good Lord Bird'

Jaden Smith Lands Leading Role in Slavery Film 'The Good Lord Bird'

Jaden and Willow Smith look to be having a blast as they leave Sugarfish with Moises Arias after grabbing sushi on Wednesday (April 16) in Calabasas, Calif.

The 15-year-old actor was just cast in the big-screen adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, Deadline reports. Liev Schreiber has also been cast.

The book is about Henry Shackleford (Smith), a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown (Schreiber), the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town — with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry — whom Brown nicknames Little Onion — conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

15+ pictures inside of Jaden and Willow Smith out to dinner with friends…

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20 Comments

# 1

Great, another slave movie. Oscar is on the way because, ya know, you will be considered a racist if you don’t vote for it.

# 2

Stop pushing this kid on us, i can’t even looks at him in pics let alone buy a movie ticket lol!

# 3

@sillyme: Oh please shut up you moron…

# 4

so is Moises Arias the Smith kids’ handler??? He is like 20 years old and always hanging out with them … it’s a little weird.

# 6

Does he have webbed hands?? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

# 7

So another no talent offspring displaces a real actor with talent….zzzzz, next.

# 8

Give it an OSCAR!
or yuze iz rayciss

# 9
AshleyLove @ 04/18/2014 at 12:13 pm

The Smith family has become very wack. Will ain’t the big star anymore. His wife is cuckoo now and she has turned their kids into cuckoos. Jaden can be very cute, if he didn’t dress or try to look so lame. Now they got him doing slave movies. They couldn’t have found someone who could actually act. I’m mixed and am sick of reliving a gruesome past over and over through movies.

A talented black young man could have got this opportunity, but they chose to give it to a rich spoiled brat. Nepotism at its best.

These kids are living that life!! They seem so happy all the time! Look how many Holocaust movies are around?!?! What about all those movies?!? Ok then…shut up…!!

biker mike @ 04/18/2014 at 1:56 pm

no they are right, 12 years a slave won because of the title, those on the academy panel admitted they never had seen the movie and voted for it, it wasn’t a great movie, and many people didn’t even bother to see it, nor has anyone run out to see it or rent it, it was a snoozer, acting wasn’t great, but it had the correct title, so when are we going to move on and stop showing how ill the democrats , yes democrats treated black people? oh yeah , they leave that fact out in every movie, story, and now history books.

@biker mike: I tthought I was the only one who couldn’t stand 12 years a slave! I tried to go through it but couldn’t ’cause it was so boring. To me that movie sucked and did not deserve the oscar at all.

pork Pies @ 04/18/2014 at 4:32 pm

@Rachel: it’s nepotism at its finest very sad and lame actually !

@Dem Kids:

OMG! ITA! Every time I turn the TV on there is a movie or documentary on the Holocaust. Not that what happened wasn’t horrible, but why is it always shoved down our throats? Jews were not the only people who died through the horrors of WWII.

Oh please 12 Years a Slave was on a lot of critics top 10 list not that it matters but worst films have won best picture.

Can we have a big movie with a leading black character that’s not about slavery? Something positive for a change

biker mike @ 04/18/2014 at 1:56 pm #12

How many of the academy voters did you talk to that provided you this information? Snoozer? You didn’t even see the movie, let’s get real. It made 177 million on an 18 million budget, plenty of people saw it. Sit down and learn something before trying to promote your own agenda. What kind of bike are you riding? It’s probably a tricycle. Democrats? Are you saying that the film was about how Republicans treated slaves? You need more than a proper bike you need a history lesson. Ignorant troll, stay in school, for all the good it will do YOU.

Swamp Ridah @ 05/08/2014 at 5:29 pm

I think y’all blowin dis out of proportion

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