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First Look: Thomas Jane as Gun-Slinging Anti-Hero Jonah Hex

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June 18, 2008
Source: Film School Rejects

Jonah Hex

This just came out of nowhere! A few days ago I was confusing Jonah Hex with Cowboys & Aliens, but now we already have the first photo?! Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the crazy duo behind Crank, have been developing this project to both write and direct, which marks the third big feature film within a few years, including the yet-unreleased movies Game and Crank 2: High Voltage. Our good friends at Film School Rejects received a juicy scoop this morning - the first test photo of Thomas Jane as the character Jonah Hex. Oddly, no casting has been officially announced on this as of yet, so if this turns out being real, it's both a casting announcement and exciting first look all rolled into one!

Neil of FSR assures us that this photo came "from an extremely reliable source inside studio lines." However, if it ends up being a fake photo, we'll be sure to update this right away. Honestly, this was just too good to pass up. I think it shows how unique this adaptation could end up becoming. And I might say the face looks a bit like our friend Two-Face from The Dark Knight.

Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood. The character first appeared in the early 1970s in issues of DC Comics' All-Star Western before getting his own series in 1977 that ran for about 10 years. Neveldine and Taylor are not making a straight-ahead Western, but plan to develop the character with supernatural overtones in the hopes of creating a franchise.

I recently heard that Serenity's Nathan Fillion was hoping to get this role, but if this news turns out being true, unfortunately it won't be Fillion's gig. I would have much rather preferred Fillion over Jane, but either one will do the character justice. What's much more important with this project is Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the wild filmmaking duo that has created some of the most unique films in recent years (Crank and Pathology so far). They're always breaking the rules and pushing the limits of filmmaking and I'm expecting they'll go even further with Jonah Hex than ever before.

What is your initial reaction to this first test photo of Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex?

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  • oh crap After THE MIST, I'll see Thomas Jane in anything... even the new movie from these film abortionists
  • Ben
    Personally, I think it's a fake. Who releases test shots before actual casting happens? Just seems a little off to me. Regardless of who plays Jonah Hex (Rob Schneider aside), I'm definitely seeing this movie. I agree that Fillion should get the role - what a badass.
  • If Jane or Fillion can't do the character justice, it'll be because of the writers and/or director. And/or editor. Regarding the photo, I hope this is like the first shots we got of Hulk's CGI, just an early stage rough draft.
  • I'm calling BS on this one. Prefer Jane over Fillion any time.
  • Strider
    Someone should find a similar picture of him from The Punisher, because this pic looks like a crappy Photoshop job of a pic from that movie.
  • Drake
    dude , the mist was a good flick. Try watching it by yourself with some surround sound, trust me that movie was creepy. but this movie looks alright. when the theatrical trailer comes out, i would make my decision. anyway anyone saw the dark knight clip with 2 face. I got to say it but dark knight is really starting to annoy me. I might not go and that film if they keep spoiling the great moments.
  • Curtis
    Jane looks great and hope he becomes the lead, sounds like an interesting story and ill keep my eye on the project.
  • Illuminata
    Too bad Jane didn't get the role. He was by far perfect in comparison to Brolin. Huge mistake WB.

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