It's fitting because in the future, all entertainers must, by law, be Smiths. The almighty Emperor of Bel Air, dynastic ruler of the entire Southland, will preside over all mass produced entertainment with an iron fist, producing only sequels to Hitch and Hancock starring the descendents of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
After Earth is an M. Night Shyamalan film. Not that you'd know that from this latest trailer. Like the teaser, this one doesn't advertise the auteur behind the camera one bit.
The trailer, viewable here or in HD at Apple, does lay out the story, the two principal characters, and traces of a befuddling accent from the elder Smith. He stars as the amusingly named Cypher Raige, a decorated soldier on a jaunt across the cosmos with his son Kitai, who also aspires to be a warrior but is too hot-tempered and arrogant to live up to the Raige name. The duo end up being the only survivors when their spaceship crashes on a hostile world they've never known: Earth, a millennium after humanity abandoned it for the stars.
With Cypher injured, Kitai must strike out to activate a distress beacon and perhaps prove himself to his father, as well. If, that is, he doesn't get gored by a digital creature in a sequence that looks to recall one of the most memorable bits of Alien. Only way more expensive.
Does anyone else wonder if maybe the whole thing is an elaborate training exercise? Or if maybe there's a reverse Planet of the Apes style timeline thing?
Will and Jaden Smith previously starred together in The Pursuit of Happyness back in 2006. Since then, the younger Smith further established himself by filling Ralph Maccio-sized shoes in that Karate Kid remake and hanging out with pop stars from Canada. With After Earth, though, he'll be driving the action while his pop sits at a console.
Anyways, here's the poster, too: