Two Roles for Samuel L. Jackson
The King of Cool himself, Samuel L. Jackson, booked two new acting jobs this week. Up first is the widely reported remake of The Last Dragon. Jackson will play Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a part originally played by the late Julius Carry.
The Last Dragon, released in 1985, focuses on a young martial artist named Leroy Green. He travels New York City to achieve the Last Dragon, the highest level of martial arts accomplishment. Those who achieve the Last Dragon possess the Glow and become the greatest fighter alive.
In the film, the character of Sho’nuff is a tough-talking egomaniac, a character type that Jackson typically excels at. The Hollywood Reporter describes one of his character interactions:
"[Sho’nuff’s] spiel included asking ego-driven questions like ‘Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?’ Each time his gang of thugs answered, ‘Sho ’nuff!’"
Says Jackson of the role: "I’m a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century."
The film will be produced by John Davis and Kerry Gordy. Gordy is the son of Berry Gordy, the man behind the original The Last Dragon.
Jackson also landed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s latest picture Inglourious Basterds, which is intentionally misspelled. Jackson will provide the voice of the narrator, who isn’t present often in the film, "but mostly pops up at random time in the script to add some context and background info" according to The Playlist. The Web site also says that Maggie Cheung has been cast in the film as Madame Mimieux, a French matron of the Cinematheque, one of the film’s centerpieces. She also takes in a homeless Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent), the film’s female lead.