The news leaked last week that Jaden Smith had joined the cast of Warner Brothers' upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the news.

Smith will be playing Jacob, the rebellious 8-year-old son of scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly). She is the one that makes first contact with the alien Klaatu (Keanu Reeves).

Scott Derrickson is directing the film. It is currently filming in Vancouver for a December 12th, 2008 release date.