According to Variety, Jaden Smith, the 7-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has been set by Columbia Pictures to make his screen starring debut in the Gabrielle Muccino-directed "The Pursuit of Happyness."

The youth gets a start in a role he will be comfortable with: He'll play the son of Smith's character.

Scripted by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man), pic stars Will Smith as a marginally employed salesman who gets custody of his son just as he is about to begin a career-making stock brokerage intern program.

Shooting begins right away for a 2006 release.