People Magazine has published the first official photos from Will Smith-produced remake of “The Karate Kid“. It features Jaden Smith as Dre Parker and Jackie Chan as Mr. Han.
Dre is a skateboarding video game buff who moves to China after his single mother is forced to go there for work. Unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully. Mr. Han (Chan) is a maintenance man who spots his black-eye and offers to teach him both martial arts and Chinese, so he can defend against the students at the nearby school of kung-fu.
Talking to People, Jaden was quick to point out that his training for the film doesn’t just consist of painting fences or catching flies with chop sticks:
“I trained every day for four months with Master Wu [the film's fight coordinator],” Jaden, 11, tells PEOPLE as he takes on his first leading role as an American boy named Dre Parker who moves to China. “We did a lot of stretching.”
Jaden mastered front kicks and upper blocks through his hard work ethic and dedication, says Chan
“He took the training very seriously. I was very impressed with him. He is professional as many adult actors who have been in the business for years.”
“The Karate Kid” is directed by Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) and has already wrapped principal photography, part of which took place atop the Great Wall of China.
“The Karate Kid” will hit theaters on June 11th 2010.