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Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith join slavery film The Good Lord Bird

04.16.2014

Jaden Smith received a lot of criticism for his performance in last year's bomb AFTER EARTH, but maybe the young actor will fair a little better in his newest project. Deadline is reporting Smith will star in THE GOOD LORD BIRD with Liev Schreiber. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winning James McBride novel of the same name, and McBride will produce the movie as well. James McBride also wrote the books The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna, and co-wrote RED HOOK SUMMER with Spike Lee.

Although THE GOOD LORD BIRD involves slavery, it's been described as a comedy, and won't be as heavy as something like last year's 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Some have also compared the novel to Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Henry “Onion” Shackleford (Smith) is a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters. Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War.

I know Jaden Smith isn't the most popular teen actor right now, but THE GOOD LORD BIRD sounds pretty interesting to me, and I think it's the type of part and film the might help us forget all about Smith's AFTER EARTH. Plus, I really can't say no to something starring Liev Schreiber, so I'll be keeping an eye on this project as it develops.

Source: Deadline

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8:05AM on 04/17/2014
I would like to see a movie about John Brown, especially with Schreiber, they're both badass's. However I could do without some made up bullshit character just to give Jaden Smith a part in a movie.
I would like to see a movie about John Brown, especially with Schreiber, they're both badass's. However I could do without some made up bullshit character just to give Jaden Smith a part in a movie.
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7:33AM on 04/17/2014
I stopped reading after "Jayden Smith"
I stopped reading after "Jayden Smith"
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1:48PM on 04/16/2014
I heard it will be called "12-year-old a Slave." zing!
I heard it will be called "12-year-old a Slave." zing!
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4:16PM on 04/16/2014
BA ZIIIIIIING!!!!!!!!!
BA ZIIIIIIING!!!!!!!!!
6:08PM on 04/16/2014
Awesome stuff.
Awesome stuff.
1:44PM on 04/16/2014
This sounds fucking terrible.
One possible song for soundtrack could be Willow's 'Whip My Hair'.
This sounds fucking terrible.
One possible song for soundtrack could be Willow's 'Whip My Hair'.
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1:35PM on 04/16/2014
I have to agree that Schreiber is pretty much the anchor for this film; without him this movie is a comedy about slavery starring Jaden Smith in a dress. Think about that for a moment - would THAT movie sound interesting to you if you didn't have a solid actor like Schreiber to give it some grounding? Methinks perhaps not.
I have to agree that Schreiber is pretty much the anchor for this film; without him this movie is a comedy about slavery starring Jaden Smith in a dress. Think about that for a moment - would THAT movie sound interesting to you if you didn't have a solid actor like Schreiber to give it some grounding? Methinks perhaps not.
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1:31PM on 04/16/2014

Schrieber must have tax problems.....

Jayden Smith sucks. That is all.....
Jayden Smith sucks. That is all.....
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12:40PM on 04/16/2014
Schreiber is the only thing this film has going for itself.
Schreiber is the only thing this film has going for itself.
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11:18AM on 04/16/2014
Not sure how you can satirise Slavery and Jaden in a dress. I guess it'll be one of those movies where the jokes write themselves but on the other hand Liev might be the best thing about this.
Not sure how you can satirise Slavery and Jaden in a dress. I guess it'll be one of those movies where the jokes write themselves but on the other hand Liev might be the best thing about this.
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11:25AM on 04/16/2014
I'm betting it's one of those bittersweet comedies that hopefully doesn't end up being too sentimental.
I'm betting it's one of those bittersweet comedies that hopefully doesn't end up being too sentimental.
11:04AM on 04/16/2014

I am SO okay with the boy Smith getting whipped.

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11:09AM on 04/16/2014
..As penance for AE
..As penance for AE
11:02AM on 04/16/2014
Honestly, I thought he was okay in Karate Kid, I think how much his father is shoving him down the throats of the moviegoing public compounds his shortcomings as an actor. Well, this project does sound less annoying than After Earth.
Honestly, I thought he was okay in Karate Kid, I think how much his father is shoving him down the throats of the moviegoing public compounds his shortcomings as an actor. Well, this project does sound less annoying than After Earth.
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