Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has announced a June 26, 2015 USA release date – in the thick of the summer movie season – for the Samuel L. Jackson actioner “Big Game,” which is Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s English-language debut.
Jackson co-stars (playing the President of the USA) alongside Onni Tommila.
The film follows a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy named Oskari (played by Tommila), who must prove his manhood by spending a night alone in the forest, when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President (Samuel L. Jackson) in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President team up to survive the night.
I’m actually intrigued by this project; Director Helander’s last feature, the X-mas horror story, “Rare Exports,” is a well-made, imaginative, entertaining twist on the traditional Christmas tale, and I’d recommend it if you haven’t seen it (last I checked it was streaming on Netflix). So Samuel L. Jackson should be in good hands here.
The project is further described as an adrenaline-fuelled action adventure that takes the universal rite-of-passage theme and combines it with the thrill of high-concept action.
Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, Ted Levine and Mehmet Kurtulus, round out the cast.
The film is a Finnish-German-UK co-production.
In “Big Game,” Jackson joins a short line of black actors who’ve played the president of the USA on screen, including Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover and Jamie Foxx to name just 4.
The movie was a TIFF Midnight Madness selection for last year’s installment of the festival.
A new clip from the film has surfaced and is embedded below: