Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx has signed on to play the lead role in McFarlane’s Spawn reboot. Foxx will portray American soldier Al Simmons who, after being betrayed by his employers, is killed and sent to hell. While there Simmons is transformed into a hellspawn, a supernatural being meant to serve in hell’s army, and is later returned to earth. The character then roams the back alleys of New York City looking for evildoers to punish.
The exclusive report from Deadline also confirms the Blumhouse produced film has a budget of roughly ten to twelve million dollars, and once again mentions the film’s hard R-rating.
When discussing what Foxx brings to the role, McFarlane had this to say: “He gets into a zone, with body language and a look that basically will say way more than anything i could type on a piece of paper, and this movie is going to need those moments. And in the odd moment where he has to deliver a line that’s short, curt and has impact, he can do it in a way that makes you go, ‘whoa, I don’t want to mess with that guy. What a badass.’”
The Spawn reboot is McFarlane’s second attempt at bringing his popular superhero to the big screen. Spawn will differ from it’s predecessor as the character of Spawn plays a minor role in the film, acting as a moving shadow that appears throughout the story. Simmon’s origin story will not be explored in thus initial movie. The film’s plot will follow Detective Twitch, a major comics character, as he investigates a murder.
The character first appeared in Spawn #1 in 1992 and was one of the first comic series to be published by Image Comics, who have gone on to become one of the most popular indie publishers in the medium. Spawn was also featured in his own animated series on HBO, which ran for three seasons.
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