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Shooting begins on Samuel L Jackson's Big Game

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography is about to commence on action adventure film Big Game.

Written and directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson as the President of The United States, alongside Onni Tommila (Rare Exports) as his unexpected 13-year old sidekick.

New cast additions include British talent Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Iron Lady) and Ray Stevenson (Thor, GI Joe: Retaliation) and, from Germany, Mehmet Kurtulus (Short Sharp Shock).

Billed as an adrenaline-fuelled action adventure, Big Game will shoot for eight weeks on locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.

The film tells the story of Oskari (Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself.

But this is no ordinary night… Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President of the United States (Jackson) in an escape pod. Now, the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands.

With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

Based on a story by Jalmari Helander and Petri Jokiranta, Big Game combines the universal rite-of-passage theme of iconic 80’s films, such as E.T. and The Karate Kid with the visceral thrill of high-concept action classics such as Die Hard and Taken.

The Director of Photography is Mika Orasmaa (Rare Exports, Iron Sky) with Scanline VFX (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Iron Man) on board for all special effects.

Director and co-writer Helander commented: “Big Game is an action adventure story on an epic scale. I’m delighted to be taking this genre on as it has always been very close to my heart, as action-packed adventure stories contain the elements that I believe make movies that are worth watching.”

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