John Malkovich Wrangled for DC's Jonah Hex Movie
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2009
Jimmy Hayward has found a villain for his adaptation of the DC Comics series Jonah Hex - John Malkovich will star alongside of Josh Brolin in the movie, which starts shooting in April. Malkovich will play Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation owner whose son is killed by Union soldiers during the Civil War. He blames Hex, a former confederate soldier-turned-hardened bounty hunter and gunslinger. Hayward, who has only previously directed the animated Horton Hears a Who, is apparently still directing the same script that Crank duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wrote before they left the project.
It's very interesting seeing Malkovich join this, as I guess I wouldn't normally expect him to take on a role like this, but he's played everything before, so why not? As this project has developed over the years, I've come to grow quite fond of it, even without Neveldine and Taylor directing anymore. I'm excited to see the western and comic book genres merge and thankfully Hayward has rounded up one hell of a great cast so far. Brolin and Malkovich alone are enough to convince me that this will be great, no matter who else eventually joins as well. Let's just hope it's still as R rated as we originally speculated it would be.