Samuel L. Jackson, Liu Yifei Join Peter Segal's Chinese Sci-Fi Epic 'Inversion'

Liu Yifei and Samuel L. Jackson - Split - H - 2016
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Travis Flimmel also stars in the Facing East production as a con man who must save the earth from a loss of gravity.

Samuel L. Jackson and Liu Yifei have joined Travis Fimmel in Peter Segal’s sci-fi epic Inversion, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film follows a street-wise American con man (Fimmel) and a young Chinese physicist (Liu) as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.

Jackson will play a senior Homeland Security investigator. Paul Haggis (Casino Royale, Crash), David Arata (Children of Men, Spy Game) and Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) penned the script.

The project is the first feature from Facing East, the new Hong Kong/Beijing-based production venture launched by producers Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee. It is being co-financed by Hong Kong based Pegasus Motion Pictures and Sun Entertainment. Huaxia Film Distribution will co-produce and will distribute in mainland China.

Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales for the project at the ongoing AFM.

Jackson's upcoming films include D.J. Caruso's follow-up xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' origin story Kong: Skull Island, Patrick Hughes' action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard and Brie Larson's directorial debut Unicorn Store. He also is featured in the voice cast of Blazing Samurai and will reprise his role as Nick Fury in Avengers: Infinity War. Jackson is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content.

Liu is seen next in Bille August's war drama The Chinese Widow and the Chinese drama Once Upon a Time. She is repped by David Chen.