Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Casts Samuel L. Jackson as Villain (Obviously)
The cast of Tim Burton’s next film just got a bit more interesting: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (now that’s a title) has cast someone who knows a little something about playing the bad guy as the villain—Samuel L. Jackson, of course. Jackson has just signed on to co-star in Burton’s latest, which should make for a rather, well, peculiar union.
Deadline is reporting that Jackson will star in ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,’ though they were unable to specify whether the role is that of a protagonist or an antagonist. Meanwhile, The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider reports that Jackson’s role is indeed that of the villainous Mr. Barron, while noting that previous reports suggested either Laurence Fishburne or Amanda Seyfried (interesting…) could take the part.
Eva Green plays the lead role in the film, which is based on the novel by Ransom Rigg and centers on a 16 year-old boy who travels to a mysterious island, where he discovers the decaying remnants of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As the teen explores the property, he learns that its former inhabitants weren’t just peculiar—they actually possessed extraordinary powers. What’s more, they may not actually be “former” inhabitants…they may still actually live there.
‘Hugo’ star Asa Butterfield will play the lead role of Jacob, the boy who discovers the home, while little yet is known about Jackson’s Mr. Barron character. Jackson also plays the villain in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ which hits theaters on February 13 and was also scripted by ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ screenwriter Jane Goldman.
‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ will hit theaters on March 4, 2016.