EXCLUSIVE: Before donning Nick Fury’s eye patch in The Avengers, Samuel L Jackson is starring in The Samaritan, a neo-noir thriller directed by David Weaver. Luke Kirby (Shattered Glass) and Ruth Negga (Color Me Kubrick) co-star. Filming starts on location Sunday in Toronto, Canada and Rio De Janiero. Jackson plays Foley, a grifter trying to escape from his past having spent 20 years in prison. But he gets ensnared in the plans of a young protege and it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right. Andras Hamori of Los Angeles-based H20 Motion Pictures is producing with Eli Selden and Geoffrey Brandt exec producing with Mark Musselman (Barney’s Version). UK-based financier Quickfire Films is backing the project alongside Canadian state fund Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Entertainment One has already taken The Samaritan for Canada. H20 has also pre-sold the movie to Germany, South Africa and Switzerland.

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