He’s seemingly been attached for ages, but Jackie Chan has finally been confirmed as starring in Kung-Fu Kid.
He’ll play a wise kung-fu master who tutors young Jaden Smith (last seen in The Day The Earth Stood Still, below) in the ways of China’s most famous martial arts.
What started as a basic remake of The Karate Kid – with Jaden Smith in the Ralph Macchio role and Chan taking over from Pat Morita’s Mr Miyagi – has now mutated into a China-set kung-fu version.
Harald Zwart, who brought the world One Night At McCool’s and, er, The Pink Panther 2, attended a traditional Chinese ceremony with his cast to mark the start of the planned three-month shoot.
Jaden's father (and producer of the movie) Will Smith, Chan, Zwart and others symbolically removed a piece of red cloth covering a movie camera. Smith then gave Jackie a hug. Aww.
Jaden Smith, that is. Will just stood there wondering how much this event was adding to his budget.
Looking forward to this new take on the topic? Or does it fill you with dread?