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Samuel L. Jackson and Henry Golding to star in ‘Head Games’

The actor says he’d rather be in a blockbuster than an Oscar bait film
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Samuel L. Jackson and Henry Golding have been cast in the psychological sci-fi thriller Head Games.

Music video and film director Anthony Mandler is helming the project that’s primed to attract a lot of attention at Cannes this month.

Golding will portray Jacob, a corporate spy who poses as a personal chef to Graham (Jackson), the founder of a neuroprosthetics company.

However, Jacob’s true goal is to infiltrate his boss’ villa in order to steal his radical new invention. As his plan unfolds, nothing is as it appears and the mind games between the duo begin.

Head Games is due to begin principal photography in October; Colin Liddle is writing the script.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring this brilliant script to life,” Mandler said.

Head Games is a propulsive story that pushes the boundaries of what we know as a reality and what could ultimately become fiction before our eyes … I couldn’t think of two better actors to bring Graham and Jacob to life than Sam and Henry,” he added.

Despite his extensive career in the movie business, Jackson has only ever won an honorary Oscar. He admitted that he would rather appear in big-budget Marvel and Star Wars flicks than chase awards recognition.

“I was never going to let the Oscars be a measure of my success or failure as an actor. My yardstick of success is my happiness: Am I satisfied with what I’m doing?” the actor told the Los Angeles Times.

“I’m not doing statue-chasing movies,” he stated. “You know: ‘If you do this movie, you’ll win an Oscar’. No, thanks. I’d rather be Nick Fury. Or having fun being Mace Windu with a light saber in my hand.”

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