Jaden Smith Lands Film Role As Cross-Dressing Slave
Jaden Smith to star in film of James McBride's 'The Good Lord Bird'
In case you were wondering, this is real life,. You are not having a nightmare. You did read the headline correctly. Actor/performer Jaden Smith has signed on to star in a film titled “The Good Lord Bird” where he will play a cross-dressing slave.
According to reports, Smith will play the role of Henry “Onion” Shackelford in the film. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, follows the salve as he embarks on a mission to join the abolitionist movement fronted by John Brown. On his way to meet up with John Brown, Shackelford is mistaken for a woman. The film will also show Shackelford and Brown as they prepare to raid the Harper’s Ferry, which is one of the incidents to help kick off the Civil War.
Just when you thought you were safe from being pelted with slave movies and black men in dresses, they combine both and make one film. does Hollywood really need to make another slave film? And does it need to have a cross-dressing slave in it as well? Let us know how you feel about this.
The satirical take on a serious era in America's history won McBride the 2013 National Book Award. The jury wrote that it was written in "a voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain," finding the novel "daringly irreverent, but also wise, funny, and affecting."
Abolitionist Brown will be played by Liev Shrieber. Hector Tobar wrote in The Times' review of the book that "Brown is a comic figure, given to making religious speeches at strangely inappropriate moments. He's a bit touched, frankly, and only the newest and unlikeliest member of his band of slavery-fighting renegades can see it."
Brown believes Little Onion to be a girl, but he is actually Henry Shakleford, an escaped Kansas slave who meets the abolitionist in rags. Pretending to be a girl is easy, Henry says, because "a damsel out west on the trail could spit, chaw tobacco, holler, grunt, and fart, and gather no more attention to herself than a bird would snatching crumbs off the ground." White folks around Little Onion believe the ruse, while many slaves see through Henry's deception.
McBride will serve as a producer on the film. It's not his first -- his debut novel, "The Miracle of St. Anna," was made into a film by Spike Lee, and Lee and McBride co-wrote the filmmaker's 2012 movie "Red Hook Summer."
When "The Good Lord Bird" might be seen on screens has not been announced.
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