Dennis Haysbert Replaces Michael Clarke Duncan in 'Sin City' Sequel
Rumors about a Sin City sequel lingered for years after the film's 2004 release, until comic book artist and co-director Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez officially announced production would begin on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For a few months back. The film is set for release in October of 2013 (and in 3D, no less), and though much of the cast has signed on to reprise their roles from the original, one actor - Michael Clarke Duncan - won't be able to do that since he sadly passed away back in September. THR reports that "24" actor Dennis Haysbert will now take over the role of Manute in the anticipated sequel.
Since this sequel jumps around in time, we'll see how Manute and Dwight (Clive Owen in the original) meet for the first time and their confrontations leading up to the events of the first movie. Manute will play the right hand man to Ava's (the part rumored for Angelina Jolie) husband, a bodyguard with a hulking presence and a no-nonsense attitude. Miller and Rodriguez stressed how important the character is to this story in a joint statement to Heat Vision:
"Manute is a character that has been part of the heart of the Sin City tales and the late Michael Clarke Duncan beautifully established that role on screen. We could not tell the story of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For without Manute and are thrilled to welcome Dennis Haysbert to the cast."
Haysbert has almost as iconic a voice as Duncan's with that booming baritone, so if he can bulk up a little bit, he should be a great replacement for this part. Plus maybe he can sell the characters some cheap Allstate insurance. After gaining a significant fanboy following with Sin City in 2004, Miller squandered a bit of our goodwill with the poorly-received adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit back in 2008. But with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan having written this script, this sequel might do the improbable and actually meet the high expectations of fans. Thoughts?