Jackson auditions for Fury sidekick
Samuel L Jackson has revealed he's auditioning girls to play his alter-ego Nick Fury's sidekick.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who has played iconic characters like Star Wars' Mace Windu and Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield, is midway through a nine-picture deal to portray the Marvel Comics super-spy.
"I got a screen test with five actresses - they have a new character who is my sidekick who's with me all the time, so I'm auditioning girls for it," told US talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
Samuel is also pleased to be the first black actor to play him.
"Everyone loves Nick Fury - I'm like the first black Nick Fury, so it's all cool... It's been David Hasselhoff and me," he said.
He added: "In the next month I have to do one day on Thor, and then another day on Captain America and in April, we start the big one, The Avengers. I'm just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers."
Samuel enjoyed getting a bigger role in Iron Man 2 unlike in the first film, where he had an uncredited cameo.
"I had a better job in Iron Man 2, so I actually got to talk, hang out with Iron Man and kick it with Scarlett, who is one of my good friends. Black Widow is it!" he said.