Jackie Chan leaps to 'Karate Kid' remake
Chan has signed on to co-star opposite Smith in an upcoming remake of "The Karate Kid," according to Variety. The action star will play the wise mentor role originated by Pat Morita in the 1984 film.
In that movie, Morita's Mr. Miyagi made a young protege (Ralph Macchio) perform a series of seemingly mundane chores that subtly taught the kid karate.
To reflect the movie's shift to a Chinese connection (as opposed to the original's Japanese), the movie has been retitled "The Kung Fu Kid" and the action moved from California to China.
Shooting began Saturday in Beijing.