Some people believe that films doomed by a bad script or concept can be saved by a stellar actor. In this case I’m referring to the remake/reimagining of the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid. Will Smith will be producing the flick, which will feature his son Jaden in the lead as a troubled youth named Dre. He encounters severe bullying when he is forced to move overseas to China due to his mother’s job. According to /Film, Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has just been cast in the maternal role of Sherry.
Henson will join Smith, and Jackie Chan as the Mr. Miyagi-esque mentor, Mr. Han. I’m surprised that we’re still using the name “The Karate Kid?” I heard a while back that they were changing it to “The Kung Fu Kid” for two major reasons. First, Karate is a martial art that was developed in Japan, and the film will take place in China where Kung Fu originated. Secondly, changing the title will lessen the anger of fans by keeping some distance between this and the original.
I don’t personally have a problem with Henson being cast as Dre’s mom. I like her and I think she’s a great actress. The same thing goes for Smith and Chan. I think their talented and enjoyable actors, I just don’t like this movie. It’s not right. It feels very strange, and unnecessary as most remakes made today are. Pat Morita must be rolling in his grave. Are people forgetting he got an Oscar nomination for his performance in the first film? Yeah, people it was that good!
What do you think of Taraji P. Henson joining the cast of The Karate Kid?