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Will Smith's Karate Kid

(BANG) - Will Smith's son Jaden is set to star in a remake of cult classic 'The Karate Kid'.

Will's nine-year-old son is being lined up to play Daniel LaRusso in a new version of the popular 1984 film, with Jackie Chan as his martial arts mentor Mr. Miyagi.

It is rumoured the 'Men In Black' star is set to make his directorial debut and helm the movie.

Will's production company Overbrook Entertainment will produce alongside Jerry Weintraub, producer of the original film.

The 'Karate Kid' follows youngster Daniel, who learns karate to help cope with school bullies.

The first 'Karate Kid' - which starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel and the late Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi - was so successful it spawned three sequels, the most recent being 'The Next Karate Kid', in 1994.

Jaden proved his acting talent last year when he earned rave reviews opposite his dad in 'The Pursuit of Happyness'.

Sony Pictures have confirmed the project is in the initial planning stages.

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