Samuel L Jackson has taken a lead role in Martha Fiennes’ espionage thriller Blown.

The previoiusly announced members of the cast include Thandie Newton and Guy Pearce.

The story delves into the world of espionage, terrorism and big business through the eyes of a ruthless MI5 agent.

Fiennes, who previously directed Chromophobia and Onegin, said, ‘We are delighted to have secured Sam Jackson for this role. He has incredible presence on screen which is perfect for this character in Blown.’

Intandem Films is arranging financing, executive producing and handling international sales for Blown (ICM is selling domestic). Producers are George Tiffin, Shani Hinton and Martha Fiennes.

Gary Smith, Intandem chairman added: ‘We are coming to Cannes this week with our strongest slate of films yet and this is just one of the many quality commercial films that we will be selling. It is a pleasure to be working with Martha helming this project. Part of our strategy is to work closely with producers to source quality product and then develop it with the producer and director. Signing Samuel L Jackson for this incredible title is evidence that our strategy is working.’

Intandem has recently sold Blown to Czech Republic and Hungary (Intersonic); FYROM (MG Film); Greece (Hollywood), Middle East (Falcon); Romania (Television Inc); and Scandinavia (Nordisk).