In his first-ever gay role, Samuel L. Jackson will play engineer Tom McCourt in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 2006 novel, “Cell.” The film, which co-stars John Cusack, is set to begin production in January 2014.
In the film, Jackson will play a middle-aged gay ex-soldier who helps Cusack’s character find his young son and escape Boston after a mysterious electronic pulse transmitted via cell phone turns most of the population into bloodthirsty, homicidal maniacs.
Samuel L. Jackson, whose career spans over two decades, got his big-screen debut in the 1980s and rose to prominence with a string of Spike Lee Movies like “Do the Right Thing” and “Better Blues.”
Known mostly for his authoritative voice and his characters’ foul mouths, Jackson’s career beginnings revolved around villainous roles, with the actor receiving an Oscar nomination for his role as Jules Winnfield in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” which also featured John Travolta and Uma Thurman. His character was ranked second in the “coolest movie characters of all time,” in a poll by the UK’s Empire Magazine.
Earlier in the “Snakes On A Plane” star’s career, he was asked in an interview with Playboy if there were any roles he’d refuse. At the time, he answered, “Probably dress up as a woman and kiss another guy. But you know what? If it’s done right and the story is good, I might.”
Looks like the validity of that statement will depend on what exactly his upcoming gay role requires of him.
“It’s really exciting to have such a great cast continue to come together on this project,” said a representative of Benaroya Pictures, one of the studios behind the film.
Although novel author King is reportedly behind the screenplay, it’ll also be written by Adam Alleca, who wrote the screenplay for the 2009 horror movie “Last House on the Left.” Tod Williams, of “Paranormal Activity 2,” is set to direct the movie.