The upcoming big-screen adaptation of Jonah Hex, has boasted quite an established cast so far, including Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox. Now you can add to that cast list comedian Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and recent Oscar nominee, Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).
Arnett will make a departure from his usually comedic fare to play the role of a Union soldier who enlists Jonah Hex (Brolin) for a mission, and Shannon will play the character of Doc Cross Williams, “a ringer leader of a gladiatorial event Jonah finds himself in.”
Jonah Hex is a Western comic book that looks like it’ll make for one hell of a kick ass movie. Although I haven’t read the source material myself, just from the artwork, I have to say it looks pretty damn cool. They’ve proven on the casting front that they’re taking this thing seriously as opposed to just making if for the sake of it. And the fact that it’s written by Crank and Pathology writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (who were actually originally attached to direct but dropped out and were subsequently replaced by Jimmy Hayward) affirms that it’s going to be a lot of fun as we all hope.
On the UK side of the pond, Arnett isn’t really a household name (at least not yet – although time may change that), but I know he’s pretty big in the US and is considered a fantastic comedic talent. So it’s strange for him to take on what is presumably a far more serious role like this – we’ll have to wait and see how it works out for him.
However, Shannon is a different story – for a good few years now he’s been a very under-appreciated actor, and it’s only with his Best Supporting Actor nomination for Revolutionary Road that he’s starting to get the recognition he deserves.
Do you think Arnett and Shannon will work well in a comic book Western?
Jonah Hex is scheduled to start shooting later this month in Louisiana. It’s still slated as a 2010 release.