Samuel L. Jackson presents an award at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

SOUTH African actors may get their chance to star alongside Samuel L Jackson as he makes his way to Joburg to start filming for his latest role.

Joburg-born director Ralph Ziman will take over the directing duties for the film Kite, which is in the audition stages.

“Casting is currently under way with the producers looking for local South African actors to fill a majority of the numerous, vivid roles in the picture,” said Nilesh Singh, public relations manager for the movie.

The movie, which is based on the 1998 Japanese anime cult-classic A Kite, follows the story of Sawa (played by India Eisley) as she tracks down her father’s murderer with the help of Jackson’s character, Karl Aker. Local producer Anant Singh announced yesterday that Jackson and Eisley would be the leads in the movie.

Ziman, who directed the successful South African film Jerusalema, will take over from David Ellis, who was found dead in his Joburg hotel room while he was in the country for the pre-production of Kite.

Ellis had worked with Jackson on the horror film Snakes on a Plane.

Meanwhile, bullets rang out in the Joburg CBD yesterday and a woman lay “dying” as cameras rolled for a British action series.

The crew were tight-lipped about the filming, saying they had signed confidentiality agreements that prevented them from divulging information. One crew member said they were filming the fourth season of Strike Back, a series based on a book by former British Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan.

It was clear the scene is set in Bogota, Colombia, as a plaque on the set read “Central bolsa de valores Bogotá (Central stock exchange Bogotá)”.

Two armoured cars were also on the scene, which read Bogotá Seguridad (Bogotá security), while actors dressed in camouflage held fake assault rifles and chatted in between takes.

Roads were closed off around the set as onlookers watched with interest. - The Star