Samuel L. Jackson Will Be 'Barely Lethal' w/ Hailee Steinfeld

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 15, 2013 3:28 PM
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Maybe it's just me, but I suddenly started noticing these on screen pairings of older black actors with younger white actresses in upcoming features we've recently profiled. 

I'm not implying that there's some agenda here. It's just an observation which may warrant further researching; or may be nothing at all.

There's the Denzel Washington Equalizer reboot, which just tapped Chloe Moretz as the female lead; and there's also the Will Smith Warner Bros. project titled Focus, which initially had Kristen Stewart attached to co-star in a film about an inexperienced female con artist (Stewart) who teams up with a more seasoned male con artist (Smith). But Stewart is no longer attached at the moment. However, I'm sure another young white actress will replace her eventually; there's also the live-action remake of the Japanese anime film Kite, which Samuel L. Jackson stars in alongside India Eisley.

And now here's another one with Samuel L. Jackson also co-starring in, announced this afternoon. 

Jackson is said to be in final negotiations to co-star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in a action comedy titled Barely Lethal which Brett Ratner is producing.

To be directed by Kyle Newman from John D’Arco's script, the film's story will follow a 16-year-old international assassin who wants to live the regular life of a teen, and who fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. 

The super busy Samuel L. Jackson will play her mentor, who trains her in the program.

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5 Comments

  • Geneva Girl | May 16, 2013 5:58 AMReply

    While Steinfeld plays white she is actually tri-racial. She has Jewish, Filipina, African-American, German and English roots.

  • AccidentalVistor | May 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    That was an urban legend that she was part African American. It came from no credible source and was later politely denied when the mainstream media got a whiff of it and asked questions.

  • Youbadassmutha | May 16, 2013 6:19 AM

    Wouldn't that be multiracial then?

  • George | May 15, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    The Equalizer movie is going to happen but those 3 other movies could all become dead. Interracial relationship on the big and small screen have taken one step foward and two steps back. If Focus is made the actress is going to be Latina or light skinned. How is it any diferent then the trope older black man mentoring the young white man.

  • AccidentalVisitor | May 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    Thank you, George. If it is an older black male paired alongside a younger white actor (which also happens a lot) I hear nothing but crickets. But if be a white woman? Oh, Lordeeee what type of mischief is going on there?


    Look I think the only film that has a romance element to it is "Focus" and as George pointed out who knows if that will stay intact and if so what race the actress will be? So Jackson is the mentor of some white female teenager. How is that any different than Djimon Hounsou playing the mentor to some white male teenager in that mixed martial arts film a few years back? Answer: none. There is nothing to see here. Denzel, Sam, Morgan, Forest team-up on the big screen more and more with younger white males and females. One reason for this is because the most established black male stars are considered to be "old" by most people's standards so it is kind of hard for them to avoid being the more "seasoned" member of any duo.

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