"Snakes on a Plane" thespian Samuel Jackson will take a lead role in "Jumpers," a sci-fi thriller from director Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith").
The project is based on the novel by Steven Gould which focuses on a young man who discovers that he can escape from his abusive father by teleporting. At first he uses his new-found power to achieve some questionable goals, but after he draws the attention of the NSA, he begins a quest for his missing mother.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson will play a National Security Agency bigwig with some potentially troubling motives.
The film's younger lead roles will be played by Tom Sturridge, Jamie Bell and Teresa Palmer and is the first part of a potential trilogy shooting around the world.
Jackson will next hit the big screen in "Snakes," New Line's endlessly deconstructed August thriller. But it wouldn't be a good year for Jackson with only two films ("Freedomland" already came and went in 2006). He's also completed work on "Black Snake Moan" and "Home of the Brave," which are both scheduled for release either at the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007. His slate also includes the upcoming "Ressurecting the Champ" and narration duties on "Farce of the Penguins."