Jeremy Renner Joins the ‘Spawn’ Cast Alongside Jamie Foxx
That Spawn remake continues to be a real thing, and it’s racking up quite the cast. Jamie Foxx has already landed the lead role, and now Jeremy Renner is joining the film as well. Renner will play Detective “Twitch” Williams.
The filmmakers confirmed Monday that the Oscar-nominated actor will play Detective “Twitch” Williams, who becomes an unlikely ally to Foxx’s hellish antihero. McFarlane himself is getting behind the camera to make his directorial debut on the adaptation, which he also scripted, and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing.
Todd McFarlane has been trying to launch a Spawn remake for years. After a while, it started to seem like this was all a pipe-dream – something that would never actually happen. But McFarlane has hooked up with Blumhouse, and the Spawn remake appears to be moving full steam ahead. McFarlane already landed Jamie Foxx to play the lead part, Al Simmons – who dies, goes to hell, and returns to earth as the anti-hero Spawn. Now Deadline says Jeremy Renner is joining the cast.
Renner, who has a history with comic adaptations, having appeared in the MCU as Hawkeye, is playing Twitch Williams in Spawn. In the Spawn comics, Twitch was a slight, soft-spoken detective paired-up with the more oafish Sam Burke. The Twitch Williams Renner is playing is said to have “the intelligence and intuition that Spawn needs most. This unconventional detective is near fearless and compliments Spawn’s demonic powers, and it is that combination that will help Spawn win his war.”
“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts,” McFarlane says. “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…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.”
“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 is The 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.”
In May, Foxx was cast as the lead character, a black-ops agent who is betrayed and murdered by his colleagues, then sent to hell in penance for all the innocents he knowingly killed in the line of duty. In the netherworld, he’s double-crossed once again, making a Faustian bargain with an evil being to become a Hellspawn warrior in hopes of reuniting with his wife. Instead, he’s trapped in a demonic new form forever and resurfaces on earth five years later, discovering that his wife has moved on to marry his former best friend. Seething with rage, he turns his fury on street thugs and gangs, eventually transforming into a brutal and uncompromising antihero.
McFarlane’s comic was previously adapted into a 1997 film starring Michael Jai White. The new Spawn film is eyeing a fall production start.