Multi-hyphenate Jaden Smith has yet another release on deck, and this time it's animated. The rapper, actor and model will be teaming up with Netflix once again on an anime series dubbed Neo Yokio. Smith's Instagram went millennial pink earlier today in support of the project. While Smith didn't share much in the captions of the photos he posted, his cohort Ezra Koenig, best known as the frontman of indie royalty Vampire Weekend, dropped teasers on his own account.
"NEO YOKIO IS THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD. 🙏 to Studio Deen, Production IG, Jaden Smith, Kazuhiro Furuhashi & many more," Koenig tweeted, referencing the director Furuhashi. Koenig also shared a teaser of the show, which appears to be in touch with the fashion world, perhaps unsurprisingly as both he and Smith have ties to it. "We pulled a great look for you," says who is likely a stylist to the show's main character in the clip, "This is definitely on brand."
In another image posted by Koenig, a screen shot from the official Instagram account of the show, you can see a cartoon Cartier watch with the caption "Who cares what time it is when the future's an interminable abyss of wackness?," which is definitely on brand for at least Smith, a known opposer of the very concept of time.
While most details about the upcoming Netflix show are still under wraps, Koenig did reveal more two years ago, when he casually announced the project with a photo of himself next to Jaden on his band's website and Twitter. Apparently, Smith is lending his vocals for the character of a little boy named Kai, who is joined by a robot butler/rocket ship named Charles played by Jude Law. "I was just part of a really eccentric and exciting project that Ezra Koenig, who’s the lead singer of Vampire Weekend–he wrote and conceived this animated series that’s about to start, I believe on Netflix, called Neo Yokyo," Law said in an interview, quoted on Vampire Weekend's website. "I think Jaden Smith is playing this little boy called Kai in it, and I’m his butler. I’m this kind of huge robot butler called Charles, who is also a rocket ship. And it takes place in a New York that is sort of combined with Tokyo in the future."
Luckily, you won't have to look too far into the future to see Neo Yokio though as the show premieres September 22 on Netflix.
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