Samuel Jackson to play ‘The Samaritan’

Trio of thesps line up for David Weaver-helmed indie

Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby and Ruth Negga are set to star in neo-noir thriller “The Samaritan,” which is gearing up to start production next week in Toronto and Rio de Janeiro.

David Weaver is directing from a script he co-wrote with Elan Mastai (“Alone in the Dark”).

Jackson stars as Foley, a former grifter who sets out to put his life of crime behind him after serving a 20-year prison sentence. He meets an elusive young woman (Negga), but it’s not long before the son of Foley’s former partner asks him for help with an ingenious plan. Kirby plays the son.

Andras Hamori (“Sunshine”) is producing with Suzanne Cheriton and Tony Wosk, while Mark Musselman (“Barney’s Version”) will exec produce with Eli Selden, JamesAtherton, Jan Pace, Mark Horowitz, Geoffrey Brandt, Lacia Kornylo, as well as Weaver, Mastai and Jackson.

Aimed for release in early 2012, pic is an Andras Hamori/H2O Motion Pictures production in association with Lumino Pictures, Middle Child Films, Anonymous Content and Quickfire Films, made with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Ontario Media Development Corp.

“The Samaritan” marks the first collaboration between Quickfire and H2O, whose Mark Horowitz will handle international sales. Anonymous Content will assist with wrangling domestic distribution.

Entertainment One will distribute the film in Canada, Degeto in Germany, Videovision in South Africa and Ascot Elite in Switzerland.

Jackson recently wrapped MPCA’s “The Killing Game,” which co-stars Kellan Lutz. Thesp is filming the thriller “Meeting Evil” with Luke Wilson before he reprises the role of Nick Fury in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” this summer. He previously worked with Hamori on “Formula 51.”

Kirby previously appeared in “Shattered Glass” and next stars alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams in Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz.”

Jackson is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, while Gersh and Parseghian/Planco rep Kirby.