Artist Todd McFarlane has one very specific actor in mind to play Twitch in the upcoming Spawn reboot: Leonardo DiCaprio. Speaking to Vulture, McFarlane revealed that DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street performance inspired him as he penned the script.
“When I was writing, I had Leonardo DiCaprio in my head,” McFarlane explained. “I don’t know if people have seen The Wolf of Wall Street, but there is a manicness in him. He was going up and down and up and down. It was almost dizzying emotionally to go with him. There are parts in this movie where I’m going to need an actor to make those moves both in terms of normality, and in terms of manic, and in terms of anger and in terms of joy and be able to go to some extremes in it.”
McFarlane has drawn from other pop culture influences for his film, including the 1975 Steven Spielberg-directed Jaws.
Spawn #1 was first published in 1992 and created by McFarlane. The series starred a former black ops soldier, Al Simmons, who was returned to the land of the living after being murdered by one of his own squad members. Resurrected as a superpowered hellspawn, Simmons — who would adopt the moniker Spawn — was contracted by the demon Malebolgia and his servant Violator to do Hell’s bidding on Earth.
McFarlane has not yet revealed further details about his planned Spawn reboot, but did hint in the same interview that several Hollywood actors have reached out to him and that he is currently considering his collaboration options. McFarlane will join with Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind Get Out and The Purge series, to bring Spawn to the big screen.
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