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Samuel L Jackson joins Chris Rock's Saw reboot

Samuel L Jackson in Lakeview Terrace

Story by Jack Foley

SAMUEL L Jackson is to unite with Chris Rock for the forthcoming reboot of horror hit Saw.

Rock has previously been cast as a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes. Jackson will play the detective’s father.

With production on the reboot now underway, Lionsgate has also revealed further cast members, including Max Minghella as Rock’s partner William Schenk, and Marisol Nichols as Rock’s boss, Captain Angie Garza.

The Saw franchise rates among the most successful in horror history, with eight movies being released between 2004 and 2017 and earning more than $1 billion for Lionsgate.

The films focused on a serial killer named Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell) and his followers who concocted elaborate death traps for victims. The villain claimed he chose his victims for their own moral development – although most never lived to realise the lesson.

The new film is described as a re-imagining of the series.

Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg have penned the screenplay for the reboot, which is based on a story by Rock.

Darren Lynn Bousman is returning to the franchise as director, having previously helmed three Saw movies.

Also returning are James Wan, who directed the 2004 original film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote and starred in that movie, as executive producers alongside Rock.

Commenting on the casting announcements, Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement: “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt.”

Jackson can currently be seen on the big screen reprising his popular role as Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which opened to $185 million over the long holiday week. He also has the sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard on the way, in which he reunites with Ryan Reynolds.