If you’ve been following me here and on social media, you know how excited I am for a proper Spawn movie. Yesterday, while I was busy with “life’s” comings and goings, Todd McFarlane announced who would play Al Simmons/Spawn… Jaime Foxx. I have to admit, I was a bit thrown off by the selection of Jaime Foxx. I get it, Foxx has been in his share of action films over the past years but given my age the first image that jumped into my brain was Wanda.
This isn’t to belittle the selection of Jaime Foxx as I thought Wanda was a brilliant character. It’s just to say that the selection threw me off for a nanosecond and the hilarity of In Living Color came rushing back. Given that McFarlane is looking to do something different with this film his choice is probably the right choice.
“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 said. “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.’”
“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it,” McFarlane said. “I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘Hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.’”
McFarlane also says his plans for the movie will challenge Spawn’s hardcore fans to think out of the box. Don’t expect a cookie cutter Hollywood blockbuster as McFarlane wants to take this film onto a more artistic road. For now, I’m going to trust that the creator of this awesome character knows what he’s doing. The final judgment will be reserved when the actual film is available to view.
Last Updated on May 30, 2018.