Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner has been cast to star alongside Jamie Foxx in Spawn, the Blumhouse feature from Todd McFarlane who will make his directorial debut with this adaptation of his comic book creation.

Foxx is already set to play the leading role of Al Simmons, a member of CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice – once by his cohorts who murder him, setting his corpse on fire; and the second time in Hell, where he is double-crossed. Convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in order to be reunited with his wife, Simmons finds himself stuck as a demonic creature, while his wife has moved on and married his best friend.

Incensed, Spawn turns his rage on the revenge, beginning with street scum. However, when realising that he cannot battle the globe’s evil alone, he enlists the help of Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams, who has the intuition and intelligence that Spawn needs most. Almost completely fearless, this unconventional detective compliments Spawn’s demonic powers, and the combination of the two is Spawn’s best chance at winning his war.

McFarlane told Deadline, “As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all front. I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. 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.”

While Renner is mostly known for his performance as Marvel’s Hawkeye, these aren’t the films that made McFarlane want the actor in his film:

“Spawn is King Arthur and Twitch is Sir Lancelot, and this isn’t about physicality, or jumping over buildings. This is more a brawn and brain combination, and the first film I think of with him isThe Hurt Locker, the army grunt doing the job, and that spilled out into all these roles leading up to Wind River. There was a sense of melancholy to that character that is important and that was a movie also made by a first time director, but one who wrote the thing and so wasn’t nervous about trying to get what you want. Jeremy had the experience of working with the first timer and saw that if you put a good crew together, the whole is way better than the parts and you don’t have to worry.”

Jason Blum said of the casting, “Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character.”

This is exciting news for McFarlane’s film, and given he knows the source material better than anyone, Spawn is set to be one of the best comic adaptations of recent years.

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