Sam Jackson, Luke Wilson & Leslie Bibb to Star in 'Meeting Evil'
Though recently he's dabbled in the role of one-eyed hero Nick Fury for Marvel's growing cinemtic universe of comic book adaptations, it looks like Samuel L. Jackson will be doing some very bad things in the near future. Scene Magazine reports (via The Wrap) that Jackson and former AT&T spokesperson Luke Wilson will star in an adaptation of Thomas Berger's novel Meeting Evil. The story follows a depressed real-estate agent recently fired from his job who crosses paths with a mysterious stranger (Jackson) in need of his help. Before you know it, the duo embarks on a day-long crime spree in a strangely odd symbiotic relationship.
However, the depressed man soon discovers this mysterious stranger has a dark side. The book's synopsis makes the story sound even more peculiar:
Answering his door one morning, solidly middle-class John Felton finds a scruffy-looking man whose car is in need of a push. Responding helpfully despite his misgivings, John sets in motion a nightmarish series of events in which he becomes the unwitting accomplice of Richie Maranville, a psychotic criminal just released from a mental hospital. During their day-long crime spree, the two develop a curiously symbiotic relationship, with John ultimately discovering the dark, irrational side of himself he has long denied. While almost coming to believe Richie's assertion that they are psychic brothers, he makes a decision in the novel's final scene that lifts him forever above the "moral triviality" of his alter ego.
Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights, Iron Man) will also star as Wilson's wife in the film from director Chris Fisher (S.Darko). This is an interesting assembly of talent, but it's been awhile since either Jackson or Wilson had a really great role. I never got a chance to see Middle Men this year, so I can't say whether Wilson is working on a comeback. As for Jackson, well he's just always working, and while his small role in The Other Guys was certainly hilarious, this past decade hasn't been very kind to the actor's career. Sure he's had roles in some of the biggest films of the past ten years, but the roles are nothing compared to his work in The Negotiator or Pulp Fiction. I guess we'll find out if Meeting Evil will spark a little magic for both the lead actors. What do you think?