Busy times for Samuel L. Jackson
American actor Samuel L. Jackson has become one of the highest-grossing actors at the box office, and with a diary packed with projects to keep him busy over the coming months, it looks as if he won’t be taking long holidays any time soon.
We thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of his recent, current and future film productions.
Jackson was in Finland and Germany in the late summer filming Big Game with Ray Stevenson, Ted Levine and Felicity Huffman. The feature marks the English language debut of Finnish director Jalmari Helander, and sees Jackson playing the US President fighting for survival in a forest following a plane crash – with a teenage Finnish boy as his unlikely companion.
The Pulp Fiction actor has also been busy in the UK recently, shooting The Secret Service for Twentieth Century Fox. From director Matthew Vaughn, this is a big screen adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book about a young kid from the street being trained as a British secret agent. Colin Firth is among the starry cast, which is also reported to include Michael Caine, Elton John and Lady Gaga.
Jackson is due back in the UK in the spring to reprise his role of Nick Fury in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Primarily based at Shepperton Studios, the superhero-laden feature co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and James Spader and is directed by Joss Whedon.
And yes, for you film buffs out there, the character of Nick Fury also appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which Jackson was filming earlier this year in California, Ohio and Washington, D.C.
The Django Unchained actor also has to find time to fit in Harry and the Butler, which re-united him with Michael Caine. Set to shoot in Louisiana next year, the film sees Jackson as an over-the-hill jazz musician and rollercoaster mechanic whose luck changes when he comes into a lot of money. He makes a drunken decision to take on an equally down-at-heel British butler, played by Caine.
Director George C. Wolfe is at the helm, calling the shots from a screenplay by Damian F. Slattery. The project comes from Spirit Films and Playground Entertainment.
Jackson has a busy career as a producer too, running production shingle Uppity Films in LA. With plenty on the development slate there too - including a South Africa-set thriller to be directed by Phillip Noyce, Mixed Blood, and a J.G. Ballard novella adaptation, Running Wild - it would seem that Samuel L. Jackson will continue to pull in the audiences for some time to come.