The Spawn reboot film is really kicking into high gear when it comes to casting, as the modestly budgeted ($10-12 million) project now boasts A-list actors such as Jamie Foxx as the lead, and Jeremy Renner to co-star.
Playing Detective Twitch Williams, Renner's character is often the brains to Spawn's brawn, a great shot, and a true family man—a role Renner has settled in well over the years, from Hawkeye in The Avengers and Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy.
"As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts," Spawn creator Todd McFarlane told Deadline. "We needed as strong a person as possible because [Twitch Williams] 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," McFarlane continued. "Jeremy [Renner] 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 [Foxx]."
Landing at Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious, Spawn has been described as more of a supernatural thriller than the classic superhero comic book tale.
"When you start going into creep movies," McFarlane told Comicbook.com, "then the camera doesn’t follow the boogie man, or the monster. It follows humans, which I have in my movie. But people enjoy creepy movies and don’t go, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish I saw the boogie man more.’ They don’t do that. They just go, ‘Wow, that was cool.’”
No release date has been revealed for Spawn as of the casting announcement.