Samuel L. Jackson has been recruited to portray Chris Rock’s father in the new Saw reboot.
The Grown Ups funnyman, 54, recently revealed he had been a longtime fan of the gory movies created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and had been inspired to create a new re-imagining of the film, originally centered on a serial killer named Jigsaw, for a new generation of devotees.
In the as-yet-untitled revamp, which is currently in production, 70-year-old Jackson will play the dad of Rock’s police detective character, who is tasked with solving a series of gruesome crimes.
The Handmaid’s Tale actor Max Minghella has landed the role of Rock’s partner, with actress Marisol Nichols joining the line-up as their boss, Captain Angie Garza.
In a statement announcing the casting news, Lionsgate studio chairman Joe Drake shares: “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt.”
Filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the previous titles in the franchise, is returning for the reboot, which Rock will co-executive produce alongside Wan and Whannell.