Jaden Smith has always kept a healthy distance from the concept of reality, but his next project is taking things a step even further. According to Variety , the artist and former Twitter philosopher will play a young, alternate reality version of Kanye West in the upcoming Showtime series Omniverse.
The limited half-hour anthology series will apparently examine “the many doors of perception,” Variety notes. Which . . . ? O.K.! Showtime has ordered a script for the series, which will be written and executive produced by Lee Sung Jin ( Tuca & Bertie , Silicon Valley ) and presumably can only be read if your third eye is open. West’s longtime manager Scooter Braun will also executive produce, along with James Shin and Scott Manson .
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A TV show about alternate realities sounds tailor-made for Smith, a former Twitter philosopher whose greatest hits include questioning the existence of eyes and mirrors and how to absorb knowledge from your hands . The 20-year-old is a true nonlinear thinker—and though he seems to have retired his silly-serious social-media persona, he has made up for it by diving headfirst into music and movies, releasing new songs and starring in shows like the Neflix anime Neo Yokio and The Get Down , as well as indie movies like Skate Kitchen. West, meanwhile, is flirting with megachurch-dom
Smith also has a tangled history with West, a fellow Calabasasite and family friend. Smith, most memorably, showed up to West’s wedding with Kim Kardashian wearing a white Batman suit (which he also wore to his prom)
“I wore the Batman suit to heighten my experience at the wedding and prom which was fun, but also at the wedding I felt as though I needed to protect everyone there and needed to have the proper gear to do so,” he explained to GQ in 2015. Insofar as one may call that an explanation. However, as his rap career grew, Smith had a slight falling out in 2018 with artists like West, as well as Drake and Donald Glover —saying they began viewing him differently once his music actually began to chart
“I always felt like Little Homie before and that allowed me in all of their circles,” he said. “But now that I’m on the charts next to them, I’m not really Little Homie anymore . . . it’s more like, ‘You can’t hang out with us anymore. We didn’t know you were making an album this whole time. We thought you were just Little Homie giving us free water and shit. You’re not really cool with us anymore.’” (The free water line refers to Smith’s foundation, Just Water, which is actually doing really wonderful work .) Still, it appears as though Smith and West have mended their rift. In this reality, anyway
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