Samuel L. Jackson
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Brett Ratner will produce through his Rat Entertainment shingle

After spending the last couple of years overseeing a handful of superheroes, Samuel L. Jackson should have no trouble handling a teenage assassin.

Samuel L. Jackson is in final negotiations to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld in the indie “Barely Lethal” that Brett Ratner is producing.

Kyle Newman is helming with John D’Arco penning the script. John Cheng will join Ratner as a producer through their Rat Entertainment banner along with Ted Hartley and Vanessa Coifman for RKO Pictures and Hopscotch Pictures’ Sukee Chew.

Story follows a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. Jackson will play her mentor who trains her in the program.

The last time Jackson tangled with assassins was when he teamed with Geena Davis in the 1996 action pic “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

Always one of the busiest actors in town, Jackson lends his voice later this summer to the DreamWorks Animation pic “Turbo” and can also be seen in MGM’s reboot of “Robocop.”

He is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

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