Jeremy Renner Joins Jamie Foxx in ‘Spawn’

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Jeremy Renner has joined the cast of the upcoming Spawn movie.

Jamie Foxx was cast as the titular comic book character in May, set to lead the long-in-the-works cinematic adaptation from creator Todd McFarlane.

In the comics, Spawn is a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed, murdered and sent to hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for reuniting with his wife, but finds his wife has married his best friend and he is stuck in his demonic creature shell.

As per Deadline, Renner is on board to take on the character of Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams, an unconventional detective who is a brilliant mathematician and uses his skillsin trigonometry to be an excellent marksman. They call him Twitch, you see, because he doesn’t

The comics find Twitch, whose full name is Maximilian Steven Percival “Twitch” Williams III, as one half of duo detectives Sam and Twitch. His partner, Sam Burke, is more the “brawn” of the group while he is the “brains.” The duo were originally at odd with Spawn, aka Al Simmons, due to his questionable methods, personality, and distrust of police. However, they eventually form a mutual respect. The characters proved popular and were given their own self-titled comic book series in 1999.

“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 said in a statement to Deadline.

“I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum [from Blumhouse] 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.”

Spawn is coming to life with a relatively modest budget (as far as US standards for a brand property) of around $US10 – 12 million, which allows it to be crafted with an R rating (US classification) in mind. Stay tuned as this one finally comes to fruition.

Renner was recently seen in the comedy Tag and is expected to reprise his MCU role as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the still-untitled next Avengers film, which is scheduled to open in US cinemas on May 3, 2019.

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