It looks as though Tim Burton has found a star to anchor his next project.
According to Deadline, the one and only Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to star in the director’s next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. While Jackson isn’t slated to play the lead role — those parts will be filled by Eva Green in the title role and Asa Butterfield from Ender’s Game — his role, that of a man named Barron, is stated to be an “important” one that will be key to the overall plot. Although, the trade points out that no one is elaborating on whether or not the character of Barron will be a protagonist or an antagonist, but readers of the book will likely know what to expect from the character, and how he relates to the main character, Jacob.
The film is being quickly mobilized as Burton’s follow-up to Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Miss Peregrine’s Home will be an adaptation of the debut novel of author Ransom Riggs, which was first published in the summer of 2011. The official synopsis for the book reads,
As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man’s unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs–alive and well–despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is scheduled to be released on March 4th, 2016, and is expected to begin shooting this month. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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