Vincent D’Onofrio is no stranger to playing dark, brooding and intense characters. He also happens to be great at it, so why mess with a good thing? Deadline reports that D’Onofrio has been cast in director Eli Roth’s upcoming remake of the infamous 1974 revenge action film “Death Wish.” D’Onofrio will play the brother of Bruce Willis’ Paul Kersey, a man who takes justice into his own hands after his wife and daughter are victims of a brutal crime.
The original flick — loosely based on the 1972 novel by Brian Garfield — starred Charles Bronson, and was divisive amongst critics and audiences alike for its apparent support of vigilantism as a means to combat rampant crime. Regardless, “Death Wish” ended up spawning four sequels, all starring Bronson the most recent of which came out in 1995.
D’Onofrio can next be seen in September’s “The Magnificent Seven” remake, as well as October’s “Rings,” a prequel to 2001’s horror classic “The Ring.” Until then, audiences can check out (or watch again), D’Onofrio’s chilling turn as classic Marvel Comics villain The Kingpin, AKA Wilson Fisk, in the first season of “Daredevil” on Netflix. Of course, there’s always a chance he could reprise his role in next year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Eli Roth’s films, among them “Hostel,” “The Green Inferno” and “Cabin Fever,” have featured sadistic murder clubs, decaying zombies, skin-eating viruses, and humanitarian volunteers being slowly devoured by Amazonian cannibals, so we’re sure he’ll show his trademark artistic restraint once the film begins production next month for a tentative release sometime next year.
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