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Samuel L. Jackson Finds Another Comic Book Movie to Villainize

“Marvel's The Avengers” - Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is the director of the international peacekeeping organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.  The Joss Whedon–directed action-adventure is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.  Ph: Zade Rosenthal    © 2011 MVLFFLLC.  TM & © 2011 Marvel.  All Rights Reserved.

Superhero-movie actor and sometimes-other-kinds-of-movies actor Samuel L. Jackson is joining The Secret Service. The adaptation of Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar's comic will star Colin Firth as a James Bond-ish hero; Jackson will play the baddie, just like he did in Unbreakable and Jumper. Variety reports that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake) also approached Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio for the role.

Photo: Zade Rosenthal/Marvel