Tom Wilkinson is joining Samuel L. Jackson in thriller The Samaritan, reports Variety. The David Weaver-directed film, also starring Luke Kirby and Ruth Negga, is described as follows:
After twenty long years in prison, Foley (Jackson) is finally ready to put the grifter’s life behind him. When he falls for an elusive and troubled young woman named Iris (Negga), a new beginning seems within his reach. But his past is not ready to let him go. Ethan (Kirby), the son of his former partner, has the perfect plan and he wants Foley in on it. The con used to be a gentleman’s game but the rules have changed.
Trying to start over, Foley lets his guard down, a luxury it turns out he cannot afford. The harder he tries to escape his past, the deeper he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets and lies, until it is all too clear there can be no turning back.
Wilkinson will play a crime boss in the film, written by Weaver and Elan Mastai.
Filming will take place in Toronto and Rio for an early 2012 release.