Will Arnett and Michael Shannon Hop on Board Jonah Hex
by Alex Billington
April 1, 2009
No, this isn't an April Fools joke, this is legitimate casting news. Comedic actor Will Arnett and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon are the latest to join Warner Brothers upcoming Jonah Hex movie, based on the DC Comics character. Arnett will play a Union soldier who enlists Hex and is blindsided by the dirty fighting style of his enemies. Apparently the role is not inherently comic, which will be a change for Arnett. Shannon will play Doc Cross Williams, the bizarre ringleader of a brutal gladiator circus event. Doc is a recurring character and could appear in sequels, if this does as well as Warner Brothers is hoping.
As we've reported before, Jonah Hex is being directed by former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward. I've heard from a good friend that Hayward is actually a big fan of both comics and westerns, so this is actually a good fit for him and somewhat of a perfect movie for him to make his live-action directorial debut. The story in this will follow Jonah Hex, played by Josh Brolin, a bounty hunter who tracks a voodoo practitioner that wants to raise an army of the undead to liberate the South. While I do like both Arnett and Shannon, they're actors that I sometimes find annoying in the wrong roles. I really hope that's not the case for this.