Tag star and current Avenger Jeremy Renner is hanging up his bow to star in another comic book property.
Deadline is reporting that the star of the upcoming Avengers 4 will be taking on the role of Maximilian “Twitch” Williams in the Spawn reboot alongside Jamie Foxx as the title character. Spawn was created by artist/writer Todd McFarlane and the new movie will also serve as McFarlane’s directorial debut.
“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 told Deadline. “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.”
Producer Jason Blum weighed in on the choice of Renner as well, saying; “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.”
McFarlane also commented on the work needed to get the film up and running and his role in the process with two Academy Award nominees to direct. “I guess I’m the weak link, but I think my brand is strong. Hopefully when we go to studios, fairly soon, we’ll get the interest of more than one and we can pick what place will do this project justice, marketing and distributing it.” he said. “We’re going to go for as close to a green light as we can get, since the development process has already been done. We’re looking for someone to say, ‘yeah cool, we’ll take it.’ It’s a reasonable budget, we’re not asking anyone to stretch. The goal here is a quality project at reasonable price.”
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