How Jamie Foxx convinced 'Spawn' creator Todd McFarlane to cast him in upcoming movie reboot
Alongside superhero movie veteran, Jeremy Renner (who will be filling in the shoes of Twitch), Foxx has been confirmed for the titular role in 'Spawn' movie
Superhero movies are all the rage at the moment and each new day a new franchise seems to be taking shape. The latest headline-grabber being Todd McFarlane's cinematic reboot of 'Spawn', a comic book-based adaptation which has McFarlane serving as both the director and co-producer. With the creative side of the project more or less fixed, the next task was to find the cast and thankfully for fans, 'Spawn' movie has found its lead in none other than actor Jamie Foxx.
Alongside superhero movie veteran, Jeremy Renner (who will be filling in the shoes of Twitch), Foxx has been confirmed for the titular role, a feat that in the actor's own words took him years to achieve.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, the 'Django Unchained' actor opened up about the filming of the movie, also detailing on a sidenote, how he ultimately convinced McFarlane to cast him as Spawn.
"Six years ago, I flew to Phoenix to find this man and throw my hat in the ring. I had done all my research on Spawn. I know everything about the character and what he had done. He was taken aback. I said, “Whatever you decide to do, I wanna be first up.” And what I tried to do is stay artistically in shape," Foxx revealed, explaining the process and everything that went down in Spawn's making.
"When he was still met with the task of finding who it was," says Foxx, adding, "I said, 'I challenge anyone out there not to make it competitive. I challenge anyone who was more ready. More ready to give everything. Because you can’t challenge someone as far as who’s the better actor. Because there’s always better actors, better actresses.' It’s what you bring. Things worked out."
It's that time of the week again..SEXY SPAWN SUNDAY! Spawn 288 went to printer this week and that means we are only 12 ISSUES AWAY from 300! pic.twitter.com/Cysb7rAv0K— Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) July 15, 2018
As far as the filming of the movie is concerned, Foxx didn't have much to share but he assured that they have already begun "crafting things". "Clay Fontenot, who was the stunt guy in the Iron Man suit, he’s crafting 'Spawn' now. That's the exciting part. When you see it, he’s gonna have his own identity," added the actor.
On a final note, Foxx shared a little teaser about the plot adding, "I’m a soldier in this. Whatever battle we go into, I’m locked and loaded."
Although a production date is not confirmed yet, work is expected to get underway on 'Spawn' by the year-end with a 2020 release in mind. As McFarlane assures, "It's coming. We've been doing protocol pre-production stuff already. It's not sexy stuff. There will be more of a posting on my social media."