It's been more than two decades since Spawn last appeared on the big screen, but in the latest of a series of updates, creator Todd McFarlane reveals the planned reboot has taken another crucial step: It's begun casting.
"We just officially the other day had our first casting meeting," McFarlane, who will direct Spawn, told ComicBook.com, "and so what that means for anyone listening today is with the final script we're going to start sending that into Hollywood to actually go pick up the cast members."
McFarlane has taken an active hand with the movie, having written the script himself. He's taking creative risks, like keeping the titular character silent for the movie, and in the process he's impressed the people at Blumhouse Productions, the company behind Get Out and Split, among others.
McFarlane noted in the interview that Spawn isn't the biggest part in the film. "There's two big roles in the script," he said. "There's obviously sort of Spawn himself, although in a weird way it's not the biggest role, and then there's the cop. The cop is this character Twitch, who's been there since Issue 1. Twitch is the role in this one, and I sort of refer to him as my sheriff Brody, who is the sheriff in the Jaws movie. Although it was called Jaws, Jaws didn't really talk a lot in his movie, right? He just kind of showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile."
"So what you do during those first couple of meetings is go through all the characters and then sort of throw some names and bat some names around for people you think might fit it," he said, concluding with the assurance that "we've officially begun the casting process."
Starring Michael Jai White, the original Spawn debuted in 1997.