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Sam Jackson Set For Rape: A Love Story
Alongside Mario Bello & Abigail Breslin

02 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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 Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to star in the drama, Rape: A Love Story.

Based on a searing, harrowing novella by Joyce Carol Oates, the movie – directed by Harold Becker – will tell the story of Teena MacGuire (Maria Bello), a young mother who is brutally gang-raped and left for dead, in an attack witnessed by her 12 year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin).

Jackson will play a cop who, appalled by Teena’s plight and a legal miscarriage of justice, takes the law into his own hands in an attempt to punish her attackers. The cop in the novella is considerably younger than Jackson, so it’ll be interesting to see what other changes will be made for the movie.

The provocative title, by the way, refers to the bond that Breslin’s Bethie forges with the cop in the aftermath of the rape.

The movie will be Becker’s first since Domestic Disturbance, way back in 2001. Before that, he’d made a career out of a series of decent, if largely unremarkable, thrillers, including Malice, Sea Of Love and City Hall. But it’s good to see him back behind the camera, particularly on material like this, that requires sensitivity and a director who knows what the hell they’re doing.

Filming will start in June.

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My comment:A love Story
There was me thinking this was coming from the same amazing movie title factory that brought us..Wristcutters:A Love Story, after reading on it would seem not, oh well, still sounds like another staple Jackson tour de force so on the basis along i'll watch this space More

Posted by StizzPortlock at 12:00 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

I think the most shocking thing about this story is.....
Maria Bello playing a 'young' mother. Ack! That's gonna be a stretch :D More

Posted by krushgroove at 22:35 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Did you mean MariO or MariA?
In terms of titles, 'Austin Powers: The Spy That Shagged Me' was considered 'to much'... nuff said. More

Posted by christofurr at 19:58 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

L: crimebusterofthesea Crap title, great cast. Hope this does well, Bello especially deserves to hve a bit of a hit. ounds like she'll have it in the film.. More

Posted by UTB at 19:22 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Crap title, great cast. Hope this does well, Bello especially deserves to hve a bit of a hit. More

Posted by crimebusterofthesea at 16:37 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Well, that sounds cheery... :( More

Posted by loretta27 at 15:06 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

This could be the finest acted movie ever made and all people will be talking about in the title, really hope it goes, it's just childish attention grabbing......but the Daily Mail article could be a hoot More

Posted by blackduck at 13:57 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Agreed, the title is just stupid! More

Posted by dj vivace at 11:19 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

That's perhaps the stupidest title for anything I've ever read. More

Posted by wooz at 09:03 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

i predict hysteria...
that title is going to cause problems. More

Posted by UTB at 07:26 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

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