Actor to star in New Line film

New Line has firmed “Man That Rocks the Cradle” to be the first star vehicle for Samuel L. Jackson since the studio forged a deal with the actor’s Uppity Films.

Bought as a spec script by Josh Cagan and based on a story by Cagan and Rob McKittrick, “Man That Rocks the Cradle” revolves around an overworked husband and father of four who decides the solution to all his problems is a live-in nanny. Jackson will play the nanny, Marion Delacroix, a reputed “kid whisperer” from the South.

Jackson will produce the film with Michael Nash through the Uppity Films banner. Chris Fenton and McKittrick will be exec producers.

Jackson, who’s coming off “1408” and “Resurrecting the Champ,” is in production on the Frank Miller-directed “The Spirit.” The prolific actor recently completed the Neil LaBute’s “Lakeview Terrace,” Doug Liman’s “Jumper” and the Jon Favreau-directed “Iron Man.”

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