It seems that Renner’s former experience as an expert marksman in Avengers is going to come in handy after the news that he’s set to join Todd McFarlane’s Spawn movie as reluctant ally Twitch alongside Jamie Foxx’s hellish hero.
For those that don’t know, Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams is a private investigator who was originally at odds with Spawn before teaming up with him on occasion. As well as one of the few good cops in a bad city, Twitch also happens to be a crack shot and carries two pistols, so expect Renner jumping through the air and going ‘aargh’ when necessary.
McFarlane is making his début as the film’s director and has apparently had his eye on Renner for the role for some time. Speaking to Deadline, he said:
“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts,” McFarlane said. “I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he 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. Jeremy 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.”
Distancing itself as much as possible as the rather loathed 1997 film starring Michael Jai White, McFarlane has promised a more R-rated comic book movie than Deadpool, detailing the adventures of his beloved antihero. Originally Al Simmons (Foxx), a black ops CIA operative betrayed by the company and killed, he was sent to Hell where he made a deal with some rather seedy characters to be reunited with his wife. The fine print of said deal, unfortunately, left Simmons as the Hellspawn, trapped in the monstrous guise and a servant of the Underworld. Trying to make the best of a bad thing, he embraced the title of Spawn and uses his hellish powers to fight criminals and seek revenge for those that betrayed him.
Considering that this is going to be handled by horror aficionados Blumhouse, don’t expect this to be your traditional hero movie. McFarlane has said in the past that Spawn will, in fact, be the monster of the movie, albeit a heroic one. It’s a refreshing take on the recent superhero genre, at least. We can only wait and see how it all ends up, or if it does actually all go to hell.