After rumors swirled in October that Warner Bros. had cast its planned web-first live action series based on the classic Milestone Media comic book “Static Shock,” a bit of Hollywood talk has again linked actor Jaden Smith to the lead role.
The website Flicks and the City has a video interview up with “Walking Dead” actor Tyler James Williams where he appears to link the son of “Suicide Squad” star Will Smith to the project.
Asked about the lack of black superheroes in Hollywood and particularly prompted about Static Shock, Williams said, “I don’t know…What you’re taking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”
This is the kind of news that has to be taken with the biggest grains of salt. It’s entirely possible that Williams is simply parroting what was previously rumored on the web more so than speaking with any insider knowledge.
So far, the only piece of news officially confirmed around the project is the involvement of producer Reginald Hudlin, who recently spoke with CBR News on the project saying, “Every meeting we’ve had with Sam Register and the folks at Blue Ribbon has been bigger and better. We’re so in love with each other — we’re having so much fun on this property.
“It’s amazing, because Static as an idea is more timely than ever. Part of it is just how history moves. But in terms of social relevance and who he is and what he represents, it’s perfect. You’ve got these fans who grew up reading the comic book when they were 10 or 12, now they’re young adults, they’ve got kids. It’s a project that’s very much on the fast track. I don’t have a timetable for you, I don’t have any real details about it, but it’s moving very quickly, and literally everyone who’s in the room loses their mind. That’s what’s so crazy! No one doesn’t get it. Everyone goes, ‘Oh, yes. That!’ It’s really been a fantastic experience.”
Static is a foundational character for Milestone Media and as such was created by partners Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, and Michael Davis with his first series initially written by McDuffie and Robert L. Washington III and drawn by John Paul Leon.
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