Jackson finds Sympathy for the Devil

Samuel L Jackson and Josh Duhamel have signed on to star in director Boaz Yakin’s Sympathy for the Devil .

Playing mortals who are trapped in a battle between heaven and hell, the pair have joined the director’s sixth film, his first in two years.

The official synopsis for the film reads thus:

Caught in the no-man's land between Saturday night sin and Sunday morning redemption, Louisiana lawman Harlan Stark (Duhamel) finds that his intervention into a spectacular crime - the bold attempt to assassinate a charismatic preacher — soon escalates into a cosmic confrontation between Heaven and Hell, where angels are warriors as dangerous as demons.

Harlan and his loyal partner Jesse (Jackson) stand at the fulcrum between vengeful good and devious evil, with neither side showing anything like mercy.

Really, you had us at ‘cosmic confrontation’.

Nobody does justice to material like this as well as Mr Jackson, and having him face the extremes of heaven and hell promises all kinds of action genius.

And it'll be interesting to see how Duhamel handles his role opposite the King of Charisma. He's got proven action credentials with Transformers , now let's see if he can up his game.

The script’s been written, so as soon as distribution rights are wrapped up, Yakin and co can officially get going on the shoot.

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Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.