Samuel L. Jackson Will Be 'Barely Lethal' w/ Hailee Steinfeld
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Samuel L. Jackson Will Be 'Barely Lethal' w/ Hailee Steinfeld


Maybe it’s just me, but I suddenly started noticing these on screen pairings of older black actors with younger white actresses in upcoming features we’ve recently profiled. 

I’m not implying that there’s some agenda here. It’s just an observation which may warrant further researching; or may be nothing at all.

There’s the Denzel Washington Equalizer reboot, which just tapped Chloe Moretz as the female lead; and there’s also the Will Smith Warner Bros. project titled Focus, which initially had Kristen Stewart attached to co-star in a film about an inexperienced female con artist (Stewart) who teams up with a more seasoned male con artist (Smith). But Stewart is no longer attached at the moment. However, I’m sure another young white actress will replace her eventually; there’s also the live-action remake of the Japanese anime film Kite, which Samuel L. Jackson stars in alongside India Eisley.

And now here’s another one with Samuel L. Jackson also co-starring in, announced this afternoon. 

Jackson is said to be in final negotiations to co-star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in a action comedy titled Barely Lethal which Brett Ratner is producing.

To be directed by Kyle Newman from John D’Arco’s script, the film’s story will follow a 16-year-old international assassin who wants to live the regular life of a teen, and who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. 

The super busy Samuel L. Jackson will play her mentor, who trains her in the program.

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