While Marvel is pushing on towards the 20th movie in its ginormous expanded universe, a modest-budgeted indie comicbook movie is taking shape. Spawn, directed by Todd McFarlane (who created the character), is currently in pre-production and has just added another A-List cast member. And he’s plucked right out of the MCU itself.
Jeremy Renner has signed on to the project to play Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams. Twitch becomes a sidekick to Al Simmons, a former black ops guy murdered by his co-workers then tricked in hell into becoming vengeful demonic warrior, Spawn – Simmons will be played by Jamie Foxx.
First time director McFarlane told Deadline he was really happy with the new casting.
“I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie,” he said.
(Slight burn on the whole ‘GQ handsome’ thing, but there you go…)
Deadline is reporting that the film’s budget is likely to be around $10-12 million dollars and the film will likely be released with an R-rating. There’s no specific release date set but the movie is slated for 2019.