Superheroes with tragic origin stories are common, but not many superheroes have been double-crossed by both the CIA and Hell.
Spawn, a character made famous in the '90s Image Comics comic books by Todd McFarlane, has had an unlucky life, but fortunately the character will finally make it to the big screen, with Jamie Foxx reportedly in the lead role.
The movie will follow CIA operative Al Newman as other Black Ops agents betray him and leave him to die. He wakes up in Hell, where he's offered a second chance to return to the real world.
The catch: his soul enters a Hellspawn warrior, transforming him into the anti-hero Spawn.
"A few years back I flew out to Arizona to meet the man behind one of the most incredible comic book characters in the universe, Todd McFarlane," Foxx told Deadline on Tuesday.
"He was taken aback when I told him with the enthusiasm of a young child that more than anything I wanted to put my name in the hat to embody his beloved character Spawn. I told him no one would work harder than me if given the opportunity, well the opportunity is here! I'm humbled and ready to transform."
While Foxx is known for his award-winning performances in movies such as Collateral, Ray, Dreamgirls, Django Unchained and , he may have to show off a different kind of acting chops for the role of Spawn, since this character doesn't speak.
McFarlane will be making his directorial debut for the upcoming film and wants to treat the movie as the beginning of a trilogy. But don't expect an entire film explaining the origins of Spawn.
"I'm not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story," McFarlane told Deadline. "I'm mentally exhausted from origin stories."
The new Spawn film will be produced by Blumhouse Productions. No date has been set for the film's theatrical release.
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