Chinese Sci-Fi Epic Inversion Adds Samuel L. Jackson And Liu Yifei

Get the Full StoryCurrently the second biggest movie market on the planet, China s stake in the global film industry continues to grow and grow with each passing year and in 2017, we ll be welcoming the country s most expensive blockbuster to date in the form of The Great Wall.

Mixing high-profile Chinese actors such Andy Lau as Jing Tian with western stars in the vein of Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal, if successful, Zhang Yimou s fantasy epic could be a harbinger of things to come. One actor that s certainly a big draw overseas is Samuel L. Jackson, and Variety brings word today that the Kingsman star has now landed a role in sci-fi epic Inversion.

Helmed by director Peter Segal, Liu Yifei has climbed aboard alongside Jackson, rounding out a preliminary cast that already boasts Travis Fimmel. It has all the makings of a true sci-fi romp, too, following a street-wise American con man Fimmel and a young Chinese physicist Liu as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity. Jackson, meanwhile, is attached to the part of a senior Homeland Security investigator, one who will no doubt be barking orders at those below him. Paul Haggis Casino Royale , David Arata Children of Men and Bragi Schut Season of the Witch all contributed to the screenplay.

There s no mention of a production timeline for Inversion just yet, but rest assured that the wheels are in motion. Among Jackson s upcoming projects are Jordan Vogt-Roberts monstrous origin story Kong: Skull Island and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the latter of which just unveiled its high-octane new trailer earlier in the week.