Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith is set for his first big lead role with a remake of The Karate Kid and with it a new star is definitely on the rise.

As you may imagine having Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as parents the acting bug was almost inevitable as he continues the fine family acting tradition.

He kicked off his career in 2003, at the tender age of just five in TV, as so many actors do, with the role of Reggie in All of Us appearing in six episodes.

After two years away from the limelight he made his big screen debut in 2006 as he starred alongside his father in The Pursuit of Happyness.

The movie was based on the true story of Chris Gardener and was directed by Gabriele Muccino. Chris Gardner has big dreams for him and his family but it doesn't seem to come together for him.

Chris has an opportunity to be a stock broker but first he has to go through a gruelling internship which means no pay. Chris decides to do it but when his wife leaves and he is evicted, he has to take care of his son on his own.

So they find themselves sometimes living on the street and struggling to get by. But Chris is determined to make it.

Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his performance while Jaden also picked up awards and nominations winning MTV Movie Award for Best Male Breakthrough Performance and PFCS Award for Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male.

After another two year break he returned to the big screen to star alongside Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves in The Day The Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 movie of the same name.

When a sphere from outer space lands in the Central Park in Manhattan, a group of scientists are summoned by the American government under the call of the Secretary of Defence Regina Jackson.

The reborn alien form Klaatu is brought to a military facility and Dr. Helen Benson decides to help him to escape and become the only chance to save the mankind from destruction.

Despite not being met well by the critics the film went on to enjoy box office success as it took over $230 million, easily making back it's $80 million budget.

But it will be his new movie The Karate Kid that looks set to make Jaden Smith a star as he takes on his first lead role alongside Jackie Chan.

12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible.

Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease.

With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu.

As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The movie has already topped the U.S. box office and has so far grossed over $224 million as well as showing off Smith's acting potential.

The youngster has been linked to Amulet and Newton's Law.

The Karate Kid is released 28th July.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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