Jansen Panettiere is considered by many to be part of the up and coming, young Hollywood elite. He is probably best known for a role in "Tiger Cruise" - which co-starred his sister Hayden - and voicework in "Ice Age: Meltdown",
So when "The Martial Arts Kid" Co-Producer Ryan Westheimer heard Panettiere was aboard as the title character in the action flick, he was not sure what to expect from someone whose career is still green - especially in comparison to many other members of the film's cast.
Westheimer told me he could not have been more impressed by Panettiere.
"That kid's gonna be a star", Westheimer said of Panettiere. "(He is) one humble, sweet, warm, loving kid (and) a brilliant performer. He's just got it."
"Sometimes you meet these young actors and you just say, 'You know what? That person's gonna be a star", Westheimer continued. "(He's) just unbelievable onscreen. He lights up the screen."
"(He's) just a true professional", Westheimer concluded. "(He) just always nailed it every single time - and with such a great attitude."
"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.