In early May, we reported that Jamie Foxx was in negotiations to star as Al Simmons in Todd McFarlane’s Spawn reboot, currently brewing over at Blumhouse. Today, we can confirm that the Academy Award-winning actor has officially joined the production. Deadline broke the news:
EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Foxx is set to star in Spawn, the Blumhouse film that marks the directorial debut of Todd McFarlane from his scripted adaptation of his comic book creation. Foxx will play the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice. After being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Newman is double-crossed in Hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife. But Spawn finds himself stuck in a demonic creature shell, and that his wife moved on and married his best friend. So this is one pissed-off antihero who attends to dispatching the scum of the city in good and evil battles that encompass Earth, Heaven and Hell.
Foxx has amassed an enviable collection of statues over the years, including a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 Biopic Ray. Obviously, Blumhouse is using their growing prestige to pull in upper-echelon thespians for future projects.
Not much else is known about Spawn at this point, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional details as news emerges. Stay tuned!