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Will Smith's son to show off his acting chops

| Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Will Smith's son Jaden is primed to be as big as star as his father, having bagged the lead role in the planned remake of "The Karate Kid."

After almost a year of rumors, Jaden's rep finally has confirmed reports that the 10-year-old will, indeed, star in the reworking of the 1984 hit, which shot its young star Ralph Macchio to fame and spawned three sequels and a TV series.

The Colombia Pictures remake will be produced by Jerry Weintraub, who launched the original franchise, alongside Will and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.

Filming will begin next year and will borrow the original film's core plot, in which a young boy learns to stand up for himself using martial arts with the help of an eccentric mentor.

Jaden, already a martial-arts practitioner, made his big-screen debut alongside his father in the Oscar-nominated tearjerker, "The Pursuit of Happyness" and will next be seen in the forthcoming sci-fi remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still," starring Keanu Reeves.

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