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Jaden Smith: Boy Assassin?

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It’s about time someone humbled Jaden Smith. (Kidding!)  Sony is working on acquiring rights to ‘Boy Nobody,’ an action-packed young adult fiction novel about a teenage assassin, and they’re eying the young Smith for the lead.

According to Variety, Smith — son of Will, the Prince we call Fresh — would play the protagonist, described by author Allen Zadoff as a “young soldier trained not to feel; who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed.” So basically he’s a young Dick Cheney.

The book has not yet been written, but it’s part of a planned trilogy from Zadoff that would be a major deal for both the studio and Smith. It’s rumored that Sony beat out 20th Century Fox for the rights to ‘Boy Nobody,’ though the deal has yet to be confirmed at this time.

Jaden Smith starred in the remake of ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ the latter of which co-starred his father. He’ll be reunited with Will on the big screen for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth,’ not to be confused with ‘After Birth’ or ‘After Welcome to Earth,’ which would be a terrible name for an ‘Independence Day’ sequel… Or would it?

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