Jeremy Renner (‘Tag,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’) has scored the co-lead in ‘Spawn,’ taking on the role of Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams opposite Jamie Foxx’s titular demonic vigilante.
Marking the directorial debut of ‘Spawn’ creator Todd McFarlane, the film tells the story of Al Simmons, a solider/assassin who is killed, and has his soul sent to hell. After making a deal with an evil being known as Malebolgia: in exchange for his soul, Simmons would get to see once again his wife. However, when he returns, five years had passed, and he has been transformed into a demonic creature with superhuman strength, speed, and near immortality.
Realizing that he cannot battle the constant evil permeating the globe alone, Spawn enlists the aid of Twitch, a detective with the intelligence and intuition that Spawn needs most.
Jason Blum (‘Split,’ ‘Get Out’) and his Blumhouse Productions banner are on board to produce
“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 told Deadline. “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.”
Blum added: “Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character.”