Below is the first image from the set of Jalmari Helander’s Big Game featuring Samuel L. Jackson as The President of the USA and Onni Tommila as his 13-year old sidekick Oskari. An adrenaline-fuelled action adventure, Big Game is written and directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale) and is nearing the end of its eight-week shooton locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game” prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.
Based on a story by Jalmari Helander and Petri Jokiranta, Big Game combines the universal rite-of-passage theme of iconic 80′s films, such as E.T. and The Karate Kid withthe visceral thrill of high-concept action classics such as Die Hard and Taken.
Joining Jackson and Tommila in the film are Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives) playing “The CIA Director”, Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo) playing “U.S. Vice President” and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs, American Gangster) as “General Underwood”, Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Iron Lady), Ray Stevenson (Thor, GI Joe: Retaliation) and, from Germany, Mehmet Kurtulus (Short Sharp Shock).