Christine Spines
June 02, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson has joined the cast of Kung Fu Kid, the Will Smith-produced remake of the ’80s teen classic The Karate Kid, MTV News is reporting. Henson (who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Brad Pitt’s care giver in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will play the mother role in the story about a soul-searching boy (Jaden Smith) who finds an unlikely mentor in a Kung Fu master (Jackie Chan).

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