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.