Avengers actor Jeremy Renner has been cast as detective "Twitch" Williams in Spawn, according to Deadline. Renner joins Jamie Foxx, who plays the title role.
“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts,” Spawn creator McFarlane, who will also direct the film, explained. “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.”
“Spawn is King Arthur and Twitch is Sir Lancelot, and this isn’t about physicality, or jumping over buildings,” McFarlane continued. “This is more a brawn and brain combination, and the first film I think of with him is The Hurt Locker, the army grunt doing the job, and that spilled out into all these roles leading up to Wind River. There was a sense of melancholy to that character that is important and that was a movie also made by a first time director, but one who wrote the thing and so wasn’t nervous about trying to get what you want. Jeremy had the experience of working with the first timer and saw that if you put a good crew together, the whole is way better than the parts and you don’t have to worry.”
“Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams," added producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Production. "He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character.”
In February 2017, director Kevin Smith was reportedly developing a Sam and Twitch TV series based on the character and his partner.