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Jaden Smith to star in film of James McBride's 'The Good Lord Bird'
Jaden Smith to star in film of James McBride's 'The Good Lord Bird'

Jaden Smith will play Little Onion, the young slave who joins John Brown's team of abolitionists in a film adaptation of James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird," Deadline reports. The satirical take on a serious era in America's history won McBride the 2013 National Book Award. The jury wrote that it was written in "a voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain," finding the novel "daringly irreverent, but also wise, funny, and affecting." Abolitionist Brown will be played by Liev Shrieber. Hector Tobar wrote in The Times' review of the book that "Brown is a comic figure, given to making religious speeches at...

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