Sometime in the last year or so, Samuel L. Jackson has found the time to make a little movie for IFC films called The Samaritan. Written and directed by David Weaver, the film also stars Luke Kirby (soon to be seen as 1/3 of the love triangle involving Michelle Williams and Seth Rogan in Take This Waltz), Irish actress Ruth Negga,, Tom Wilkinson, Aaron Poole and Martha Burns.
After twenty years in prison, Foley (Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.
Ethan (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.
The trailer would seem to give a lot away. I can only hope that I’m wrong and they’ve held back to the meat of the matter. What I find most appealing about this trailer is that Jackson seems to have “reined” himself in and appears interested in giving a performance as opposed to gruff blustering, posturing and general Sam Jackson-ness.
The Samaritan opens in the UK on 20th April and gets a limited US release on May 16. IFC has also released some new images from the film. Enjoy!