McFarlane hinted on an interview with Shoryuken that a certain cast member “fell off” with the project due to “conflicting” schedules. Here’s what he said:
Last week I got some discouraging news, we had an academy award-winning guy who was going to do the movie with us, but he fell off. We had people willing to fund the movie as long as we had this guy attached but schedules were conflicting, and things had to change. That’s how close we are to getting this thing off the ground.
Though McFarlane didn’t specify who this “Academy-Award winning guy” was, many have alluded it to be Foxx. Of course, he, who among known cast members tied to the project (Jeremy Renner was the only other one), was the only one to have won an Oscar.
But of course, McFarlane didn’t exactly confirm whether the 42-year-old had officially left the project, though he was pretty upfront about his disappointment with the whole situation. Here’s hoping Foxx does stay on as the chain-wielding antihero, or that McFarlane and Blumhouse Productions do find a replacement soon.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.