According to IMDB & Backstage, Sony Pictures & Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment are in pre production of feature film AFTER EARTH (formerly “1000 A.E.”) starring child actor Jaden Smith along side his famous father, Will Smith.

Teen actor Jaden Smith stars in sci-fi thriller AFTER EARTH along side his famous father, Will Smith.

Principal photography is set in Philadelphia, PA now through April 2012. Background casting is currently seeking local hire teens, all ethnicities, in excellent physical condition, ages 14-19 in the Philadelphia area to appear in the film as background playing military cadets. It’s rumored that they are also seeking a 3-year-old version of Jaden Smith. No prior acting or background experience is required, and both union and non-union talent can submit email info to In email include: name, age, union status, parents’ names (if under 18), weight & height, phone numbers, clothing sizes and 2 recent photos (close-up and full body) in jpeg format. You can also mail your information to Heery Casting Inc., 2618-22 East Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Do not call the office.

Isabelle Fuhrman (THE ORPHAN) plays Jaden’s friend Rayna

The film is set in a future in which humans no longer live on Earth after it becomes inhospitable. The elder Smith is plays a war hero, and Jaden plays his son, a failure as a warrior. When the duo crash-land on Earth, it’s up to Jaden to save his father. “Orphan” child star Isabelle Fuhrman plays Jaden Smith character’s friend Rayna. Zoe Kravitz will play Jaden sister and Sophie Okonedo play shis mother.

M. Night Shyamalan will direct “After Earth” from a screenplay scribed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). Shyamalan and his family live locally in Willistown, Pennsylvania, which is why he frequently films in Philadelphia.

About Heery Casting:

A casting director with over 20 years’ experience, Diane is a member of Casting Society of America. Diane has cast principal actors in many independent feature films, in addition to major studio films including: “Jersey Girl” (K. Smith), “Signs” , “Unbreakable”“The Sixth Sense” (N. Shyamalan), “Lucky Numbers” (N. Ephron), “Jesus’ Son” (A. MacLean), “National Treasure” (J. Turtletaub), “Invincible” (E. Core), “Rocky Balboa” (S. Stallone.)and M. Night Shyamalan’s,“The Last Airbender” , Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones.” and F. Gary Gray’s “Law Abiding Citizen.” Look for upcoming releases of: “Shelter”, and “The Dark Fields.”

Before life as a casting director, Diane was an actor and director herself, appearing in over 25 regional and touring shows for the stage and has performed in films such as “Dead Poets Society” and “Two Plus One”. Diane has also served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors’ Guild and is an active member of Pennsylvania Film Industry Association.

JASON LOFTUS, C.S.A. ,Casting Director
Since graduating the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Jason has been involved in many aspects of filmmaking. He has worked for the Screen Actors’ Guild in member relations, and as a talent agent. Jason is a Casting Director at Heery Casting, and is a member of the Prestigious Casting Society of America. Jason has worked on major studio features such as: “National Treasure”, “Invincible”, “Charlotte’s Webb”, “Rocky Balboa”, “Shooter” and the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan feature, “The Happening” and Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones.” His indie film credits include “The Woodsman”, “Shadowboxer”, “Our Lady of Victory”, “Dead Riot”, and “Tooth and Nail.”

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