Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play the villain in 20th Century Fox's comic book adaptation The Secret Service, for director Matthew Vaughn. No details about the character were given.

Colin Firth is starring as a veteran MI6 spy, who takes his young nephew Gary (Taron Egerton) under his wing, to mentor him in the ways of covert affairs and put him on the straight and narrow. Still to be cast is the female lead, with producers eyeing Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote, although no official decision has been made yet.

Matthew Vaughn is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jane Goldman, which is adapted from the comic book series created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Production is slated to begin sometime this fall.

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Samuel L. Jackson is coming off roles in Marvel's The Avengers, Django Unchained, and the animated comedy Turbo which is currently playing in theaters. He will next be seen in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake this fall, and in the RoboCop remake next February.