The slave film trend continues and this time Jaden Smith will be at the forefront. According to Deadline, Jaden is joining Liev Schreiber for the upcoming film The Good Lord Bird. The film is based on the novel of the same name from James McBride who won the 2013 National Book Award.
The novel follows the memoirs of Henry Shackleford, a slave in Kansas during the Bleeding Kansas era, are discovered in a Delaware church. Henry, nicknamed “Little Onion” for eating a particularly rancid onion, accidentally encounters abolitionist John Brown in a tavern. Brown mistakes Henry for a girl because he wears a dress; Shackleford wears a dress for much of the novel. The two join together, and Henry narrates his encounters with Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and the events at John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. The book is narrated in the first person through Henry.
Are you going to check it out?