Rumor: Warner Bros. Eyeing Jaden Smith For ‘Static Shock’ Digital Series
After Earth may have failed spectacularly at the box office, but it doesn’t appear to have diminished Hollywood’s interest in its teen star, Jaden Smith.
Flickering Myth reports that it’s “getting word” Warner Bros. is considering the young actor for Static Shock, a newly announced live-action digital series from the studio’s Blue Ribbon Content division.
Helmed by Reginald Hudlin, the project is based on the Milestone comics by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington and Jean Paul Leon. Introduced in 1993, Static is otherwise known as Virgil Hawkins, a teenager who got electromagnetic powers after being exposed with chemicals. He soon put his newly found abilities powers to good use as a hero, but also had to contend with his secret identity and the host of problems that can bring. The original Milestone series ran for 45 issues, but Static then moved on to star in the WB animated series Static Shock from 2000 to 2004.
As the website notes, Smith father Will Smith is reportedly being courted by Warner Bros. for director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, while his mother Jada Pinkett Smith now stars in Gotham.