Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Will Arnett have both signed up to appear in Warner Bros. adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex big screen feature.

Arnett will play a Union soldier who enlists Hex and is blindsided by the dirty fighting style of his enemies. The role is not inherently comic.

Shannon plays Doc Cross Williams, the bizarre ringleader of a brutal gladiator circus event. The character might appear in sequels.

Sequels already?  I know studios plan for three movie deals when starting any new property, but in recent years, the western has not been a big box office draw.  That being said, Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, and the ever so popular Megan Fox thrown into the mix could guarantee success before the film opens.

Jonah Hex starts production this month (April) in Lousiana.

via THR

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  1. Kirby
    April 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    The ‘not inherently funny’ part is kinda bothersome to me, in that I hope they don’t try and make this a light western.

  2. Jim
    April 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    Kirby, I think that note is added b/c Arnett is known mainly for his comic roles. So they’re saying don’t come into the movie expecting a Gob Bluth chicken-dance. I get the impression this will be pretty true to the tone of the comic.

  3. Kirby
    April 2, 2009 at 10:16 am — Reply

    Thanks Jim, I’m just not familiar with his work, so thanks for clearing that up.

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