It was announced today at the American Film Market, which is currently taking place in Santa Monica, that Samuel L. Jackson is in final negotiations to join the film INVERSION. It’s being directed by Peter Segal with a script from Paul Haggis, David Arata, and Bragi Schut.
Jackson joins the previously cast Travis Fimmel and Liu Yifei in the film which follows an American con man (Fimmel) who teams with a Chinese physicist (Liu) to save the earth from a loss of gravity. Jackson will play a character who believes these two are causing the gravity inversions and races across the globe to try and stop them.
The film is being produced by Philip Lee, Markus Barmettler, and Michael Nozik of Facing East, a China-based production company, while Michael Ewing, Jim Skotchdopole, and Foresight Unlimited’s Mark Damon will executive produce. Production is expected to begin at the end of February in Berlin and then Shanghai and Chicago.
Inversion is one of the many films that continues a rising trend of U.S. and China co-productions as China becomes a bigger player in the film industry, especially for Hollywood.
Most recently, Jackson appeared in the blockbusters Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Legend of Tarzan. Coming up, he’ll be seen in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Warner Bros.’ new King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island alongside Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
He’s repped by ICM and Anonymous Content.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Variety.