Jackson lands a villainous role that has been passed on by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise.
Matthew Vaughn has found villain of his latest directing gig in Samuel L. Jackson. Variety reports that the "Pulp Fiction" actor, who starred alongside Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained", has been tapped to villainize "The Secret Service", a feature adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic that's been developed since 2011.
Vaughn has already secured two actors to be the leads, "The King's Speech" actor Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton who will be the nephew whom Firth's character mentors to become a secret agent. The only homework for Vaughn now is to find the female lead. He reportedly eyes Emma Watson and "Dark Shadows" star Bella Heathcote, but no official offer has been made.
Vaughn has always envisioned a high-profile actor taking on the villainous role. Prior to the inclusion of Jackson in the project, he pursued Oscar-nominated actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise. Marv Films will finance and produce the film, which is expected to start its production this fall.
Jackson will next be seen in "Oldboy", Spike Lee's remake of the 2003 South Korean film which also stars Josh Brolin. In 2014, he will grace big screens with two hotly-anticipated action pics, "Robocop" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".