Jaden Smith to play a young Kanye West on Showtime

Jaden Smith will play a young Kanye West, living in an alternate reality, in an upcoming Showtime show, Deadline reports. The anthology series, “Omniverse,” will be produced by Smith’s company, Westbrook Studios, along with Scooter Braun’s SB Productions.

Smith, the son of Will and Jada Smith, signed on to portray a young West in season one of the show, which will focus on the theme of Ego. Braun, West and Lee Sung Jin will serve as executive producers. Lee will also serve as writer.

“I’m honored and thrilled to be collaborating with everyone involved to present an alternate world through the eyes of a young man somewhere in the multiverse who happens to also be a Kanye West,” Lee said, according to Deadline. “Omniverse is not set in our world nor about our world’s Kanye West as we aim to add a new spin on alternate realities, consciousness, and push the limits of half hour narrative.”

While Lee has several executive producer and writing credits under his belt – Amazon’s “Undone” and HBO’s “Sillicon Valley,” to name a few – “Omniverse” will be West’s first foray into scripted television. The rapper often gets attention from pushing the envelope with his music, fashion and political moves.

Jaden Smith, who also has released his own music and apparel line, once named West as an artist who inspires him. The 20-year-old has had several acting roles, including a starring role alongside his father in “The Pursuit of Happyness” in 2006. The Smiths and West’s in-laws, the Kardashians, are friends, as Jada Smith revealed on her Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk.”

Showtime shared the Deadline article about the show on Twitter, but has yet to publicize any further details about “Omniverse.” CBS News reached out to Showtime and the production companies involved and is awaiting comment.

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