Connor Cruise Is Making His Big Screen Debut

Connor Cruise Is Making His Big Screen Debut
Tom (left) and Conner Cruise

04/22/2008 AT 06:10 AM EDT

Following in his parents' footsteps, Connor Cruise will make his film debut in the upcoming Will Smith drama Seven Pounds, PEOPLE has learned.

Connor, 13 – who has grown up around movie sets with mom Nicole Kidman and dad Tom Cruise – will play a young version of Smith in a very minor role. Even with such famous acting mentors in his corner, Connor had to audition for the part.

"Tom is so proud of Connor," says a source. "He's proud of him for really doing this on his own."

The Columbia Pictures film, which is still in production, also costars Woody Harrelson and Rosario Dawson.
Elizabeth Leonard and Alexis Chiu

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