His father has recently been cast as ‘Deadshot’ in the upcoming Warner Bros project Suicide Squad, and now it looks as if Jaden Smith is set to follow in his footsteps by landing a DC comic books adapation of his own. The 16 year old is rumoured to have been cast as the lead in the forthcoming flick Static Shock, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Actor Tyler James Williams let the rumour slip in a video interview with the blog ‘Flicks and the City’ on YouTube. “There aren’t many young black comic book superheroes,” Williams said when talking about the demographic make-up of blockbuster movies, and added, “it’s great to seeStatic Shock is happening with Jaden.”

Jaden SmithIs Jaden Smith to star in Warner Bros.' 'Static Shock'?

Obviously, Williams could simply be repeating a rumour that he’s heard, so we’ll have to wait for official confirmation or otherwise from Warner Bros. If true, it’ll make for interesting movie! Smith seems to have a thing for DC comics, having been pictured attending his prom dressed in a white Batman suit.

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Phil LaMarr played the role of ‘Static’, a high school student exposed to a mutagen that gives him the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, in the TV adaptation of DC comic between 2000 and 2004 on The WB. As a comic book, it came out in 1993.

Jaden made his acting debut alongside his father, Will Smith, as an eight year old in the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness. In 2013, they starred together again in the opinion-splitting sci-fi movie After Earth. In his own right, Jaden has also featured in 2008’s The Day the Earth Stood Still and in the 2010 re-make of The Karate Kid.

Will Smith is due to appear as part of an all-star cast in next year’s Suicide Squad, alongside big names like Jared Leto (as The Joker), Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Cara Delevingne.

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