Samuel L Jackson to star in `The Secret Service`

Los Angeles: Actor Samuel L Jackson has landed the lead villain role in Matthew Vaughn`s `The Secret Service`.

The 64-year-old `Avengers` actor will star alongside Colin Firth in Vaughn`s latest comic book adaptation, which is based on Mark Millar and David Gibbons` super-spy graphic novel series, according to Variety.

Jackson will play the main antagonist to Firth`s expert secret agent and his young rookie protege, is to be played by newcomer Taron Egerton.

Vaughn, who previously directed another Millar comic book adaptation, `Kick-Ass`, as well as `X-Men: First Class`, has been eyeing a big Hollywood name for the role, and previously offered the part to Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The plot centres on a British spy who takes a brash young upstart under his wing and teaches him the tricks of the trade.

Vaughn co-wrote the script with his regular collaborator Jane Goldman - who co-wrote `Stardust` and `Kick-Ass` with him - and he will produce as well as direct through his Marv Films production company.

The film`s leading lady is yet to be decided and producers are keen on `The Bling Ring` and `Harry Potter` star Emma Watson, but are also considering `Dark Shadows` actress Bella Heathcote.

Jackson is currently filming Marvel comic book movie, `Captain America: The Winter Soldier`, reprising his role as SHIELD leader Nick Fury. He will again play the role in `The Avengers: Age of Ultron`, which will be filmed next year for release in 2015.

`The Secret Service` is due to begin production later this year and will be released in November 2014.

PTI