Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx will return to the comic book world to star in the lead role in Spawn from Blumhouse…
Jamie Foxx will go to hell and back for his next role.
The Oscar winning actor has officially signed on to star in the upcoming Spawn adaptation from creator Todd McFarlane alongside Blumhouse Productions. Spawn was an incredibly popular comic book series back in the 1990’s after McFarlane split with Marvel and helped to co-found Image Comics where he created the character.
There was a past live action adaptation of Spawn back in 1997 that was critically panned and ultimately a disaster at the box office as well.
This time around, McFarlane will be the man in charge as he will direct his first feature film with a very modest budget around $10 to $12 million for a hard ‘R’ rated version of the movie.
Foxx has been rumored for the lead role for quite some time as he will play Al Simmons — a highly trained Marine who is betrayed and killed in the field before his body is burned and he’s sent to hell. There, Simmons strikes a deal with the devil to send him back to Earth so he can see his wife again in exchange for his soul. Unfortunately when Simmons returns, he’s horribly burned and disfigured and five years have passed since his death. To make matters worse, Al’s wife has moved onto a new husband — his old best friend — and they how have a daughter together. From there Simmons adopts the Spawn persona as he is a violent anti-hero and the scourge of criminals in his town while battling various entities sent to kill him from both heaven and hell.
“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it,” McFarlane told Deadline. “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.’”
Foxx is no stranger to the comic book world after starring in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Now he will return to the genre with a much darker role for the ‘R’ rated Spawn movie from McFarlane and Blumhouse.
Here’s an adaptation of Foxx as Spawn as created by artist Bosslogic
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 29, 2018