Taraji P. Henson to Play Mom in The Karate Kid Remake
We all probably know her best as Queenie from Benjamin Button, a role that got her an Oscar nomination, but she's back to play another mom. Actress Taraji P. Henson told MTV that "I'm off to Beijing [soon] to work on" the new Karate Kid remake, known actually as The Kung Fu Kid. We all already know that Will Smith's son Jaden Smith will be the new "karate kid" and that Jackie Chan will be playing Mr. Miyagi - though Henson says his character's name is actually Mr. Han in this. And, well, she is going to play his mom, a single mother named Sherry who is forced to move with her son to China in order to keep her job.
I really like how Peter over at SlashFilm phrases this - "Does An Oscar-Nominated Actress Give The Karate Kid Remake Any Credibility?" To be honest, I don't think it's just about her bringing any clout to this movie, per se, but it's more about just casting a good actress in an important role for a remake that has a lot riding on it. In the original Karate Kid, Randee Heller played his mother, but she wasn't really the greatest actress around. Production is still moving forward on The Kung Fu Kid in China and we will very likely see some big developments on it by the end of the year. Who else besides Taraji P. Henson might also be joining the cast?