‘Spawn’ reboot film will feature Jamie Foxx in title role
There were previous reports that actor Jamie Foxx was being offered the lead role for an upcoming “Spawn” reboot film. Now it has been officially confirmed that the Oscar winner will take on the title role for the superhero flick. Foxx previously expressed interest in being a part of the movie in the past, but it was unknown if he was still interested in taking on the role now.
As Screenrant reported, Foxx will star as the superhero Spawn in the movie which will be written and directed by the comic book’s creator Todd McFarlane. It will be an attempt to revive the franchise based on the Image comic book as there was one movie previously made back in 1997. That original movie had Michael Jai White in the title role with Jon Leguizamo co-starring as the main villain The Violator.
For Jamie Foxx, it will be his second attempt to succeed with a superhero film role. Foxx previously took on the role of the villain Electro in the 2014 film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The film was considered a box office success based on how much money it made, but generally received mediocre or less-than-stellar critical reviews. That included a 52 percent overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 out of 100 weighted average score on the Metacritic website.
The news of Foxx being confirmed for the Spawn reboot movie came via an exclusive statement reported by Deadline on Tuesday. Blumhouse chief Jason Blum said they are “thrilled” to have Foxx in the title role. He added that Foxx is a huge fan of the “Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created.” In addition, Blum said having a talent like Foxx in the lead role as McFarlane brings his vision to life on the screen has them very excited about the movie.
There are some interesting aspects of the film already being mentioned. One of those is that the Spawn character will reportedly not speak for the entirety of the film. The other interesting aspect is the film’s rating and genre classification. It’s expected to be an R-rated supernatural horror/thriller movie. The film released in 1997 was PG-13 which was part of the attempt to grab mainstream success. With the success of newer films such as “Logan” and “Deadpool” which both did well despite being rated R, having a lead actor like Jamie Foxx certainly can’t help when it comes to a character that audiences aren’t quite as familiar with, yet.