15-year-old actor and son of Will Smith and Jaden Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, will be moving in a new direction for his next role if the description is anything to go by… The young actor has signed up to play a cross-dressing slave in The Good Lord Bird alongside Liev Schrieber of Ray Donovan.
The movie will be an adaptation of 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBride, which was a New York Times Best-Seller and listed in the top 10 Books of the Year.the satire is set in 1856 and follows the story of a young black slave named Henry ‘Onion’ Shackleford who teams up with radical abolitionist John Brown and his abolitionist supporters.
Jaden Smith is set to play Onion, with Live Schrieber as John Brown. While campaigning and making their way to the Harper’s Ferry raid which was instrumental in beginning the Civil War, Onion is mistaken as a young girl.
Schreiber will produce along with James McBride and Brian Taylor.