Samuel L. Jackson is currently flaunting his bad ass skills as Nick Fury in the enormously successful The Avengers, but the actor will soon be playing another kind of hero in the dramatic thriller The Samaritan. We’re happy to debut an exclusive clip from the film that features Jackson saving a young woman from an abuser in true heroic badass fashion. In the film, Jackson plays a paroled con man who wants to build a new life, but gets sucked back into the con game by his ex-partner’s scheming son. The clip certainly makes Jackson’s character intriguing, and hopefully the crux of the film is simply “Samuel L. Jackson being awesome.”
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Ruth Negga, Luke Kirby, and Tom Wilkinson. The Samaritan is currently available on VOD and Digital outlets (iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune) and opens in theaters on May 16th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Samaritan:
After twenty‐five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.