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Will may have turned down the lead in Django Unchained, but the Smith family is clearly still interested in making movies about the 19th century slave trade - Jaden Smith is set to star in The Good Lord Bird, alongside Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber.

The film, adapted from James McBride's 2013 National Book Award winner, is the story of young slave Henry 'Onion' Shackleford (Smith) as he teams up with famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) and his band of renegades. Together they roam the USA, fighting slavery in a - presumably entertainingly - radical fashion.

The story incorporates meetings with the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and culminates - historical spoiler alert - in what is widely considered to be the beginning of the Civil War at Harper's Ferry.

All of which sounds a bit like a more serious version of Django Unchained, mixed with a dash of Forrest Gump. Which actually sounds like a pretty interesting blend, and one that would certainly give Smith Jr the chance to show a little more of his acting range. Plus, Liev Schreiber is in it - and as Goon proved, that is always a good thing.

What do you guys think? Will The Good Lord Bird be a good showcase for Jaden Smith's potential as an actor? Let me know below!


Will The Good Lord Bird be a good showcase for Jaden Smith?



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