Frank Miller's Spirit Gets Its Star

Gabriel Macht to portray Eisner's creation.

Since being confirmed as the writer and director for 2009's live-action adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comic The Spirit, Frank Miller has resisted naming the actor who will be strapping on the domino mask, fedora, and gloves for the title role. Miller only has enough mojo to keep a secret for so long, however, and -- as Variety reports -- an announcement has finally been made.







It's official: Gabriel Macht, most recently seen in Because I Said So and The Good Shepherd, will be protecting the residents of Center City from the nefarious Octopus (rumored to be played by Samuel L. Jackson).

Never heard of him? You're not alone. But the article includes a cheerful vote of confidence from the studio:

"We think Gabriel has a devilishly charming quality, and the dry wit that embodies the Spirit, and we wanted to do this with someone who can embody this character for the next few years, because we anticipate we'll be making more than one Spirit movie," said Lionsgate prexy of film production Mike Paseornek.

(Yep. Sequels.)

Unless you're a card-carrying member of the comic fan community, it's possible you've never heard of The Spirit either, but he's actually one of the medium's oldest characters, and a creation of one of its most respected minds (they don't call the comic-industry honors the Eisner Awards for nothing). Since debuting in 1940, The Spirit has been a more or less constant fixture on comic-shop racks, either via periodic reprints of Eisner's strips or modern reinterpretations; in other words, there's a lot of history here, and if you thought making Spider-Man was a high-pressure gig...well, let's just say Macht can expect to become the subject of some intense speculation for the next little while.

It should go without saying that Miller's involvement works decidedly in Macht's favor -- this is a guy who came to film from the comics, after all, and one who holds a deep reverence for the character. He's gone on record as saying the film will be extremely faithful; he'll be using the same digital background technology utilized for Sin City and 300, and as with Sin City, he'll be using specific panels from the comics to create shots for the movie. And speaking of Sin City, the article notes that Miller will be completing work on Sin City 2 before he gets rolling on The Spirit.

Source: Variety

Comments

monkeytot

philly stenger

Bad move. Thye shoul've gone with a NAME, peo-ple. Here's my theory. Superman, everyone knows him, so the actor didn't matter, in fact casting an unknown worked because a recognizable actor might have taken the mystique away from the character. But The SPirit? No one knows that character except really old people, I'm guessing. So a NAME actor would sell it to the public. The Spirit, whos that? But say Keanu as the Spirit and [people might say "cool ill check it out!" Not that I think Keanu should play the spirit, but thats my theory. And its just a THEORY, peo-ple so dont get all mad. Discuss.

Aug 3 - 06:13 AM

Holly Jolly

Holly Jolly

How many people knew about 300? If Miller can somehow make this project as stylized as Sin City or 300 it doesn't matter if they have big actors.

Aug 3 - 07:21 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The premise of 300 and some clever previews sold 300 to the audience. I'm still a little disappointed in the execution of said story, but that's in the past so I digress.

Aug 3 - 02:48 PM

bobtom

Hunter Linn

well maybe this gabriel macht guy has something to offer

Aug 3 - 07:11 AM

Holly Jolly

Holly Jolly

How many people knew about 300? If Miller can somehow make this project as stylized as Sin City or 300 it doesn't matter if they have big actors.

Aug 3 - 07:21 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The premise of 300 and some clever previews sold 300 to the audience. I'm still a little disappointed in the execution of said story, but that's in the past so I digress.

Aug 3 - 02:48 PM

IMAmoose24

Eric Schulze

On IMDB, It states that Miller will finish with Sin City 2 before moving on with Spirit and then after that, Sin City 3.

I was checking out the 300 DVD special features and Frank asked Zach how he was going to pull of Watchmen. HAHA. Made my day.

Aug 3 - 07:36 AM

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bob jones

when will rotten tomatoes start putting pictures to go along with their stories? i mean, now i have to google this person and see what he looks like.

Aug 3 - 07:46 AM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

A fine observation. I've just added a photo of Macht that we took at last year's Toronto Film Festival, where he walked the Last Kiss red carpet with his wife, Jacinda Barrett.

Aug 3 - 12:27 PM

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bob jones

oh, its that guy. i dont really remember seeing him in anything, and i havent read the spirit, but i guess if frank says he's the guy, then he's the guy.

Aug 3 - 07:48 AM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

A fine observation. I've just added a photo of Macht that we took at last year's Toronto Film Festival, where he walked the Last Kiss red carpet with his wife, Jacinda Barrett.

Aug 3 - 12:27 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

all i hope is if sam "mother fu$%$^$^n" jackson gets the role of the octupus. now, sam,

as the uber comic fan, gets to show everyone his fanboy chops as hopefully nick fury in

iron man and as the villianious octupus. of course for some he might as well be playing

two bad guys because as everyone knows nick fury is one of the biggest *******s this

side of j. jonah jameson. still, i can't wait for this movie and lets hope this guy

doesn't mess it up.

Aug 3 - 12:57 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The premise of 300 and some clever previews sold 300 to the audience. I'm still a little disappointed in the execution of said story, but that's in the past so I digress.

Aug 3 - 02:48 PM

ManofStee1

Alec G

If you're mad about this it's Frank Miller you should blame. The guy cares nothing about how much money his projects make as long as he's satisfied with them. Sure this way of thinking results in some strange results sometimes (like his infamous "God damn Batman" line in All-Star Batman), but more often it makes the projects crazy and entertaining, so I'm game for letting Miller do whatever the hell he wants. Miller wanted to make a Spirit movie because Will Eisner was one of his mentors, so he's doing The Spirit they way Eisner would have wanted.

Aug 3 - 04:28 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

hey, manofstee1, i was wondering what do you feel about that all star line of

Batamn? a lot of people have often brought strong critcism of it but i have never

yielded my support for that particular comic book!! i hope you agree with my opinion

and hey whatever frank believes the spirit movie should be, that will be fine with the

couchtomato.

Aug 3 - 09:33 PM

jmo2ski

Jimmy Moorer

I think this is a good choice. Why don't they get any top notch actors or actresses to play in these graphic novels.

Aug 3 - 04:32 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

I just also realized that Gabriel Macht is in another graphic novel adaptation: Greg Rucka's Whiteout.

Aug 3 - 06:29 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

hey, manofstee1, i was wondering what do you feel about that all star line of

Batamn? a lot of people have often brought strong critcism of it but i have never

yielded my support for that particular comic book!! i hope you agree with my opinion

and hey whatever frank believes the spirit movie should be, that will be fine with the

couchtomato.

Aug 3 - 09:33 PM

Callpacas

Khim Lo

am i the only one who prefers story to visuals (300), or had Idiocracy's prophecy came true? 1 story board inspired visuals is enough for a decade.

Aug 4 - 03:13 AM

artlover20

Shirley Gilbert

Gabriel Macht is not well known,and I've never understood why not.As far as acting talent I find him quite good,as good as any big name.Perhaps all he needs his something great to showcase his talent and a better agent.There was some reason he impressed Miller.I've read that his audtition was impressive.Perhaps we can expect a better performance because he is not well known.

Aug 7 - 03:22 AM

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