SAG-AFTRA Grants Samuel L. Jackson’s “The Beast” Permission to Continue Casting

In a time when the entertainment industry is rife with strikes and uncertainties, SAG-AFTRA’s approval can be a game-changer. This powerful union, representing actors, broadcasters, and other talents, has the discretion to make or break a film’s production journey depending on whether or not it is willing to meet demands. 

For “The Beast,” the much-anticipated feature film, this approval comes as a significant milestone, allowing it to proceed with its casting process. The interim agreement granted by SAG-AFTRA ensures that the film can continue to attract top-tier talent, setting the stage for what could be the next blockbuster hit.

Star-Studded cast Led by Samuel L. Jackson

When you hear that Samuel L. Jackson is set to play the President of the United States, you know you’re in for a cinematic treat. Jackson, known for his versatile roles and iconic performances, brings a level of gravitas that few can match.

His involvement in “The Beast” not only elevates the film’s profile but also promises a performance that will be talked about for years to come. Joining him is Joel Kinnaman, who will be stepping into the shoes of Secret Service agent Taft.

Kinnaman, known for his roles in action-packed dramas, is the perfect foil to Jackson’s presidential character.

A Synopsis That Promises High-Stakes Drama

Still of Samuel L. Jackson in Secret Invasion
Marvel Studios/Courtesy of Marvel Studios | © 2022 MARVEL

“The Beast” is not just a film; it’s a high-octane experience. The title refers to the President’s limousine, a fortress on wheels equipped with everything from armor-plating to grenades. When a coup threatens the U.S. presidency, it falls upon President Jackson and Secret Service agent Taft to thwart the assailants. The film promises to take the audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, filled with action, suspense, and drama.

Umair Aleem: The Scriptwriting Genius Behind “The Beast”

Umair Aleem, the man behind the script, is no stranger to high-stakes, action-packed storytelling. Fresh off the success of his Netflix hit “Kate,” Aleem brings a unique blend of tension and drama to “The Beast.

His previous work has showcased his ability to craft stories that are not only engaging but also have franchise potential. Aleem’s involvement adds an extra layer of excitement, as fans can expect a well-crafted narrative filled with twists and turns.

James Madigan Takes the Director’s Chair

While not a household name, James Madigan brings a fresh perspective to the director’s chair. His vision for “The Beast” is one of the project’s most closely guarded secrets, adding an element of mystery and anticipation.

Given the high-profile nature of the film and its star-studded cast, Madigan’s direction will undoubtedly be under the microscope. However, this could be the breakout project that catapults him into the Hollywood big leagues.

Filming Details: What We Know So Far

WME Independent

With the SAG-AFTRA approval securely in hand, “The Beast” is slated to begin filming in Autumn 2023. The United Kingdom has been chosen as the filming location, adding an international flair to this American political drama.

The film is being produced by a consortium of production companies, including Bright White Light, Film 44, Fifth Season, Unified Pictures, and WME Independent. Each brings its own set of expertise and resources, making “The Beast” a truly collaborative effort.

Bright White Light

250 Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triangle, Wokingham, Berkshire, England, RG41 5TP


Film 44

2040 Stoner Ave., Ste A, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-586-4949


Fifth Season

9601 Wilshire Boulevard Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 323-510-3330


Unified Pictures

19773 Bahama St., Northridge, CA 91324

Phone: 818-576-1006


WME Independent

9601 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 310-285-9000


Why “The Beast” is the Film to Watch Out For

With a star-studded cast, a gripping storyline, and the much-coveted SAG-AFTRA approval, “The Beast” is one of the most anticipated on a short list of films still in production during the strike. 

The film not only boasts of top-tier talent both in front of and behind the camera but also has the backing of some of the industry’s most reputable production companies. As we await more updates, one thing is clear: “The Beast” is one cinematic journey you won’t want to miss.

So, stay tuned for more updates on “The Beast.” This is one ride that promises action, drama, and a whole lot of presidential power.

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