Update: People confirms that Connor Cruise will play a young version of Will Smith in the upcoming drama Seven Pounds. This turns out to be different than what the National Enquirer reported, but he’s none the less making his debut. This is the same director/producer team from The Pursuit of Happyness – the film is set to release January 16, 2009.
The National Enquirer claims that Connor Cruise, 13, ( Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s son) has landed his first movie role – playing Will Smith’s son in the, The Trial of the Chicago 7, directed by Cruise’s good friend, Steven Spielberg. Apparently there were no favors here, Connor went in and auditioned like everyone else, and won over execs in the process,
“Tom is thrilled because Connor went through the auditions like all the other children and seems to have been given the job based on his talent,” says a source. “Nicole’s excited too, because Connor has wanted to act for a long time. Now he’s getting his big break.”
Will Smith who plays activist Bobby Seale in the film, is also a very good friend of Tom’s. The movie will chronicle the trial of demonstrators arrested during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Hmmm, I don’t know about the no favors thing, I think it was only a matter of time.