Did you really expect anyone else to be the front runner for the role of martial arts mentor Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid remake? Jaden Smith has already landed the coveted role of the misguided youth in the film that originally made Ralph Macchio a star. According to THR, legendary actor/martial artist Jackie Chan is close to signing a deal to star as the wise mentor that was originally played by the late Pat Morita.

Jaden Smith is set to star as the boy to be mentored by Chan’s character. Like the original, which starred Morita and Ralph Macchio, the movie will examine the relationship between a martial arts expert and a boy who is picked on by bullies.

Not only is Chan in negotiations to play this coveted role, but Columbia Pictures has also hired a director.  Harold Zwart will step behind the camera for this update of the Karate Kid, adding it to his current credits which include One Night At McCool’s, and this years The Pink Panther 2.

Do you think Jackie Chan is the obvious choice to play Mr. Miyagi, or is there another less known actor out there who deserves a shot?