As Lionsgate powers forward with its next Saw installment,
now comes word that Samuel L. Jackson will be starring alongside Chris Rock in the movie.
Previously, we’d heard how Rock was spearheading a return for the
Saw franchise, with the famed funny man a huge fan of the Saw series. Now, Variety
and Bloody Disgusting have revealed
that Rock will be joined in this ninth Saw offering by Jackson, The Handmaids
Tale’s Max Minghella, and Riverdale’s Marisol Nichols.
In this to-be-titled new Saw picture, Rock and Minghella
will be playing a pair of detectives who are investigating a set of gnarly
murders. Nichols will be playing the police captain barking orders at the duo,
while Jackson is to play the father of Rock’s character.
Plot details forthe movie are being kept hush-hush at this
stage, although Lionsgate’s Joe Drake has promised an “unexpected and sinister
new story” that will look to expand on the established world we’ve seen
throughout the previous eight Saw movies.
From a script by Jigsaw’s Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg –
based on an idea from Chris Rock – this next Saw entry will be directed by
Darren Lynn Bousman. This is a director who is more than familiar with the
franchise, of course, with Bousman having helmed Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV.
This ninth Saw movie is due to start filming next week ahead
of an October 23rd, 2020 release. And in case you were wondering, there’s still
nothing official on whether Tobin Bell will be returning as John Kramer, aka
The Jigsaw Killer.