Jeremy Renner Now Confirmed To Be Playing Twitch Williams in ‘Spawn’
It was rumored just last week that Jeremy Renner was potentially going to play Detective Twitch Williams in Todd McFarlane’s upcoming Spawn for Blumhouse, and Deadline confirms those rumors today by letting us know that Renner has officially joined the film.
He’ll star alongside Jamie Foxx, who is playing the title character.
“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.”
McFarlane had recently compared the upcoming movie, which he himself penned, to Jaws, with Spawn as the terrifying shark and Twitch Williams as the Chief Brody character.
The film, planned to be dark and rated R, with a $10-12 million budget, centers on an elite mercenary, Al Simmons, who is killed but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.
Before production begins, a distributor first needs to be locked down.