Samuel L. Jackson To Play Gay Character In Stephen King Adaptation

Samuel L_ Jackson Playbill HeadshotLGBT ally Samuel L. Jackson will join John Cusack in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Kind’s novel CELL, in which the actor would take on his first gay movie character, reports Deadline.

The actor is expected to portray Tom McCourt, who in the novel is a middle-aged gay engineer and former soldier who flees from Boston as the world turn into bloodthirsty monsters thanks to a powerful signal that is broadcast across cell phone networks worldwide—scary as the world today is literally attached to their cell phone, to the point where we wear them (Google Glass and smartwatches).

Cusack plays Clay Riddell, a Boston artist who is trying to reunite with his son and escapes with McCourt, and Paranormal Activity 2‘s Tod Williams will direct the thriller based on King’s 2006 bestseller. Hopefully Williams stays true to the novel and keeps Tom McCourt gay. This will be the second foray for both Jackson and Cusack into King’s territory, as both actors starred in 1408, based on a short story by the king of horror.


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  • Caleb in SC

    This is going to be the most foul-mouthed gay character in cinematic history.

  • Ksb1978

    I gotta feeling they’re not gonna mention it at all. He’ll probably have a wife he lost in the film. It’s been years since I read Cell,but I have it on my bookshelf so I can grab it. My point is in the book, halfway through, Clay is leery of Tom being near 15 year old Alice but Tom sets him straight telling Clay he’s gay and that him doing anything with Alice is the least of their worries.

    There have been plenty of gay characters in books turned straight for film versions. I loved Cell so we’ll have to wait and see.

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