Samuel L. Jackson is Replacing Jamie Foxx as 'The Black Phantom'
Earlier this spring, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart were named to lead a new action comedy called The Black Phantom. The story follows a hitman who is double-crossed and forced to enlist the help of another hitman called The Black Phantom, the same assassin hired to kill him in the first place. But now Deadline reports Samuel L. Jackson will be taking the title role instead of Foxx, who was forced to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts. The film is described as "an outrageously inappropriate comedy," and having Jackson paired with Hart doesn't sound bad, if only because I want the former to just kick the latter's ass.
Screen Gems is behind the project, who last teamed with Jackson on the less than average thriller Lakeview Terrace, but this will be the first time the Pulp Fiction star has worked with hyper comedian Kevin Hart. There's a lot of two-handers featuring Hart on the way, and that might just be because it's hard to endure a feature length film with him as the sole star. Ride Along paired him with Ice Cube and has a sequel on the way, and Hart also has a comedy with Will Ferrell coming up and a basketball comedy with LeBron James also in the works. Maybe Jackson teamed with Hart will make for some big laughs, but with Ride Along director Tim Story at the helm, we're not all that excited at this point.