The day the son of Will Smith stood still.


My post last night about spotting Keanu Reeves in a local theatre got picked up by a bunch of Keanu fansites — one of which also had a link to this article at Bild.de, which covers a press conference that Will Smith gave while promoting I Am Legend in Germany.

What’s the connection? In the press conference, Smith revealed that one of his sons is making a movie with Keanu Reeves — and after a bit of snooping, I discovered that Jaden Smith, who co-starred with his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), is indeed one of the three main stars of the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, along with Keanu and Jennifer Connelly.

No word yet on who, exactly, he is playing, though. In the original film, the main child, played by Billy Gray, was the son of the main woman, played by Patricia Neal — but at first glance, you would not expect Jaden Smith to be the son of Jennifer Connelly. Then again, anything’s possible — remember how Jeff Goldblum had a black daughter in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)?

JAN 14 UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter confirms the news, and says Smith is playing “the rebellious Jacob, the 8-year-old stepson of scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) who first makes contact with the humanoid alien Klaatu (Keanu Reeves).”

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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