Jack(son) attack in tonight’s casting report:
- Samuel L. Jackson is set to play the villain in The Secret Service. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) will direct the Mark Millar comic adaptation. Colin Firth and Taron Egerton also star.
- After casting his Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as the leads in Sex Tape, director Jake Kasdan went back to his Orange County rolodex to sign Jack Black for a key cameo.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
In The Secret Service, Firth plays “the world’s greatest secret agent” who is training his nephew (Egerton) in the spy business. Variety reports Vaughn always wanted a big name to play the villain—Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio got a call—before landing on Jackson. Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote are in contention for the female lead. Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ graphic novel. Here’s the official comic synopsis:
The world’s greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next James Bond? Meanwhile, what’s the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, the murder of an entire town, and a dark secret from inside Mou-nt Everest? Under Uncle Jack’s supervision, Gary’s spy skills and confidence blossom–but when the duo learn what’s behind the celebrity kidnappings, the knowledge comes at a price. The conspiracy begins to unravel, but who can be trusted when so many prominent figures seem to be involved? [Amazon]
Kate Angelo‘s Sex Tape script centers on a husband (Segel) and wife (Diaz) who take a night off from the kids and try to spice up their sex life with a sex tape. The tape goes missing by the next morning, and they set out on a desperate quest to find it. According to The Wrap, Black is on board for “a scene-stealing cameo as the CEO of a major porn company.” Rob Corddry will play a friend of the couple who joins them on the search. Sex Tape is looking at a fall start date.