Samuel L. Jackson will star in the nonfiction bestseller adaptation Same Kind of Different as Me, from screenwriters Roderick and Bruce Taylor.

According to Variety, Jackson will play Denver Moore, an ex-con drifter who develops an unlikely friendship with a wealthy Dallas art dealer named Ron Hall. The book, written by Hall, Moore and Lynn Vincent, was optioned by Veralux Media in 2008. With Jackson aboard, the script is now being shopped for production financing.

No production date has been set.