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Jackson Hops on 'Jumper'

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Samuel L. Jackson is teleporting into a starring role for Regency Enterprises' "Jumper." Doug Liman is directing the sci-fi thriller, making it his first feature helming gig since "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Based on the Steven Gould novel, "Jumper" follows a kid from a broken home who discovers that he has the ability to teleport. In his quest for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother, the kid draws the attention of the National Security Agency and another youth with the same abilities.

Jackson will play the NSA agent tracking the jumper, and may have ulterior motives for finding him.

Tom Sturridge, Jamie Bell and Teresa Palmer already have been cast.

Regency, which is fully financing the picture, is planning a trilogy around the movie that also will feature extensive special effects. Shooting is scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Rome, Toronto and New York.

Lucas Foster and Simon Kinberg are producing along with Jay Sanders. Ralph Vicinanza and Vince Gerardis will exec produce. David Goyer wrote the original script, which was rewritten by Kinberg.

Jackson will next be seen in the much-buzzed-about "Snakes on a Plane." Other movies on tap for Jackson this year include "Black Snake Moan" and "Home of the Brave."

Jackson is repped by ICM, Anonymous Content and Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark & Yorn.

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Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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