Now, we have news that Jamie Foxx is all set to star as the titular hero in the Spawn reboot movie. Foxx has not taken on the role after a whole lot of rumors that he would play this role. McFarlane, who had created Spawn and is set to write and direct this upcoming movie.
Blumhouse which is the company that will produce this movie had tweeted an image of Foxx, McFarlane, and Jason Blum and he confirmed this casting news.
While this film will be titled after Spawn, he will always not be the character featured on the big screen. Here, Spawn will be a character that lurks around in the shadows and appears once in a while and capitalizes on his terror.
“The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk,” McFarlane had said.
“It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that. At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost? I’ve got a trilogy in mind here, and I’m not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story.
I’m mentally exhausted from origin stories. Luckily, there’s a movie that just came out that helps my cause. In A Quiet Place, the first thing on screen is a card in black and white letters that says Day 89. It doesn’t care about what happened in those first 88 days. There are a couple headlines, but then we are on day 450. That movie doesn’t worry about explaining and giving all the answers. What it said in that case was, if you can hang on for a story of survival of this family, this movie will make complete sense for you.”
McFarlane then explained that he wanted Foxx to play this character as he has seen the actor perform pretty well when he has not a lot of lines to read.
“There are five or six moments where I’m going to need things from my actors, and a couple of them have to come from Jamie, and I’ve seen him deliver them onscreen,” McFarlane then added.
“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.’”