According to The Hollywood Reporter, Australian actor Nathan Phillips will make his American film debut opposite Samuel L. Jackson in New Line Cinema's Pacific Air Flight 121, directed by David Ellis.

Flight 121 centers on a ruthless assassin who unleashes a crate full of lethal snakes aboard a packed passenger jet over the Pacific Ocean in order to eliminate a witness in protective custody. Phillips will play the witness. Jackson is set as a cop on the plane.

Don Granger, Craig Berenson and Gary Levinsohn will produce. Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins will exec produce.

The film is to shoot next month in Canada.

Phillips is one of the stars of Wolf Creek, the horror film that made waves at Sundance this year with a high-profile purchase by Dimension Films. The film will now be released by the Weinstein Co. in the fall. Phillips also starred in Australian Rules.