Samuel L. Jackson Is 'The Secret Service' Villain

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is already the director of one super-spy agency. Now, it looks like he's ready to lock horns against another.

The man better known to Marvel fans as Nick Fury is set for the main villain role in Fox and director Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service," based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. He joins a cast that already includes Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine.

Jackson wasn't the first pick for the main antagonist, with Vaughn previously seeking actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise for the role. According to Variety, the director "had always intended to have a big star" as the "Secret Service" bad guy. Jackson certainly fits that bill.

The next major piece of the casting puzzle is the film's female lead. Variety reports names like "Harry Potter" leading lady Emma Watson and "Dark Shadows" actress Bella Heathcote for the character, "but no decision has been made yet."

Millar and Gibbons' "Secret Service" centers on a veteran spy in the middle of the most important case of his career, and his attempts to balance that with mentoring his troubled nephew into becoming a hot-shot secret agent.

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