George W. Bush has reportedly beat out The Punisher to win the title role in Warner Bros.’ supernatural western Jonah Hex.
According to Hollywood Elsewhere, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin — soon to be seen in the title role of Oliver Stone’s presidential biopic W. — has been cast as the scar-faced gunslinger Jonah Hex. (Previously, Punisher star Tom Jane lobbied for the role.)
Brolin’s deal was reportedly “locked down last night,” although a studio rep vigorously denied to the site that Brolin was even attached.
Jonah Hex will be directed by Crank filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who also scripted. Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin, The Da Vinci Code) is producing along with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance Prods. for Warner Bros.
Although a Western gunfighter-bounty hunter, the comic book adventures of Jonah Hex were infused with supernatural elements. He is a former Confederate officer whose face was horrifically scarred. Hex was introduced in the 1970s, and has had a few comic book series since then.
My Two Cents:
I hate westerns, as a rule, but I’m loving the Jonah Hex and Lone Ranger comics.