BEIJING – Jackie Chan will play the wise kung-fu master in a Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid” that kicked off filming in the Chinese capital at the weekend, a movie company publicist said Monday.
Chan’s young disciple in “Kung Fu Kid” will be played by Hollywood superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Weng Li told The Associated Press in a phone interview., the son of
In “The Karate Kid,” Pat Morita plays the iconic building handyman who trains one of his young tenants, portrayed by , into an accomplished fighter.
The co-production between the state-run Beijing, Weng said. and started shooting Saturday in
“Kung Fu Kid” is being directed by Harald Zwart, who also directed “ ” and “The Pink Panther 2,” Solon So, the chief executive of Chan’s company, JC Group, told the AP.
Chan and Smith, along with Smith’s parents and sister Willow, attended a traditional Chinese ceremony to mark the start of the shoot Saturday. Photos on China Film Group’s movie news Web site show the Smith family and Chan holding incense sticks.
Will Smith — one of the film’s producers — Chan, Zwart and others symbolically removed a piece of red cloth covering a movie camera, after which Smith gave Chan a hug, according to video posted on Chinese news Web site Sina.com. His hair done in a huge Afro and wearing a bright red track jacket and blue pants, Jaden Smith stood and waved when he was introduced. His father ruffled his hair when he sat down.
Chan said on his Web site he also attended the younger Smith’s 11th birthday party last Wednesday, where he and Will Smith posed for pictures with young performers wearing red and yellow costumes with dragon patterns.