By Ninder Kaur

Jaden Smith has apparently been cast as teen superhero Static Shock in an upcoming Warner Bros. film.

Jaden Smith to play superhero Static Shock

According to The Walking Dead star Tyler James Williams, the 16-year-old actor is to follow in his father Will Smith’s footsteps and will become one of the very few “black comic book superheroes” in new project based on the DC Comics character.

Speaking at MCM Comic Con in London, Tyler is reported as saying: “There aren’t that many young black comic book superheroes. It’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”

Jade is said to be playing the character Virgil Ovid Hawkins in the forthcoming movie. He will be playing a African/American teenager whose exposure to an experimental agent gives him the power to control electricity.