Martial Arts action hero Jackie Chan has been cast in the Columbia Pictures remake of the ’80s classic, Karate Kid, as the “wax on, wax off” mentor Mr. Miyagi. Will Smith’s son Jaden has already been cast in the lead role made famous by Ralph Macchio.
Kid is slated to begin filming this year in Beijing with director Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks) at the helm.
Will Smith and his company Overbrook entertainment will produce along with Jerry Weintraub, who produced the original film.
Karate Kid might prove to be a smart choice for Chan considering that the late Pat Morita nabbed an Oscar nom for his portrayal of the wise Mr. Miyagi.