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Saturday 26 July 2014

Jackson heads for the White House

Samuel L Jackson looks set to play the US President on the big screen

Samuel L Jackson is in talks to show off his leadership credentials by playing the US President in action thriller Big Game.

The Django Unchained star is "attached" to portray the American leader in the English-language debut of Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander, reported Screen Daily.

The film, which Alex Garland will serve on as executive producer, follows a shy Finnish teenage boy who gets drawn into the survival game with the US President when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists. They have to join forces as they fight to save themselves.

Filming is scheduled to begin in Finland and Germany in the summer.

Samuel, who portrayed houseboy Stephen in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, has a handful of forthcoming big-screen outings including roles in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake and the RoboCop reboot.

The 64-year-old is also set to reprise his Marvel role as SHIELD leader Nick Fury in the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier.

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