They weren’t kidding about the re-imagining of The Karate Kid that will star Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. As proof, the folks at Spoiler TV have posted several images from the set of The Kung-Fu Kid. This is the first evidence we’ve seen of the Will Smith-produced project and I’m sure it will spark some outrage, as Jackie Chan looks nothing like Pat Morita.
Jaden Smith stars as Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) transfers there for work. Unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle down and fit in, leading him to an unfortunate confrontation with a local bully. Jackie Chan is Mr. Han, a maintenance man who spots the scars of Dre’s encounter and offers to teach him martial arts and Chinese, so that he can defend himself against the students of Li Quan Ha’s Fighting Dragon School of Kung-Fu.
Filming has begun in Bejing (obviously) under the guidance of director Harald Zwart, working from a script by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). It is scheduled for a June 11, 2010 release. Have a look at one of the photos below, and find more over at Spoiler TV.