Another slave-themed movie is on the way. Fifteen-year-old Jaden Smith is slated to play the role of a young cross-dressing slave who becomes a freedom fighter.
In the upcoming flick The Good Lord Bird, which is the adaptation of the 2013 National Book Award winner by James McBridea, Jaden will play “a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown in 1856 Kansas and travels the nation with Brown’s motley crew of freedom fighters.”
Deadline reports that the story is told through Jaden’s character Onion and his point of view. The character also wears dresses and is first mistaken for a girl:
Story is told with a satirical bent through the eyes of Onion, who wears a dress and is at first mistaken for a girl, as he bears witness to Brown’s historic campaign and encounters the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman en route to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War.
The After Earth actor will be starring alongside acting vet Liev Schreiber. While we know that movies about slavery can do well (12 Years a Slave received great reviews and was a awards season favorite), I’m not quite sold on the movie because I’m tired of seeing black people play domestic workers or in roles as slaves. There’s so much more to black culture and black history. So are you going to support the movie? Or are you tired of Hollywood’s “slave” theme?