The Good Lord Bird Goes Hollywood

April 17, 2014 | 1 book mentioned 2

Jaden Smith is going from an action movie career to starring in an adaptation of James McBride’s National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. Liev Schreiber will play John Brown. If you’re unsure about casting a rapper to play the protagonist, take it up with McBride, who is also producing the film.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.


  1. Huh? I thought John Brown was supposed to be old. Or at least older. I love Liev Schreiber but…I don’t know about that casting.

  2. John Brown was in his late 50s; Schreiber is 46 — a beard and a little makeup and he should do just fine.

    As for Jaden Smith — he may be a rapper, but he’s primarily an actor and, of course, Will Smith’s son.

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