Josh Brolin is Replacing Clive Owen for 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

January 8, 2013

Josh Brolin

When news of Joseph Gordon-Levitt joining Sin City: A Dame to Kill For broke yesterday, Deadline mentioned that Josh Brolin was being pursued for a tough guy role. However, they also mentioned that Clive Owen and Bruce Willis would be reprising their roles. Well, it sounds like they didn't know what the hell they were talking about as a press release from Dimension Films announced today that Brolin would be taking the role of Dwight, the character originated by Owen in the 2005 graphic novel adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez. It had been discussed that someone else could end up taking the role since part of the story actually may call for Dwight to look completely different than he did in segments from Sin City.

In fact, the press release clears up the story details for Dwight's portion:

In 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,' Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” (featured in the film 'Frank Miller's Sin City') and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face.

In addition, the press release does not mention Bruce Willis, so it's unlikely that he's returning. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast previously reported on has been confirmed with Mickey Rourke as “Marv,” Jessica Alba as “Nancy,” Rosario Dawson as “Gail” and Jaime King as “Goldie/Wendy.” And new cast members include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert and Jamie Chung. Production is underway for the sequel that is said to weave together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants. Stay tuned.

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Hm, I don't know how to feel about this. On one hand, Josh Brolin is cool and I'm sure he will nail the role, but I was kinda hoping they would bring back Clive and use some cinema magic to make him look different. I hate it when they re-cast characters (though understandable when the actor has died). But hey! Sin City 2 is happening, so I'm not complaining any more than that!

moutchy on Jan 8, 2013


Characters being recast bothers me less and less these days. In comics characters often look and act different based on the writers/artists....I'm okay with this concept essentially bleeding over into film.

Chris Groves on Jan 8, 2013


Maybe you don't know what the hell you're talking. Clive Owen still could appear in the end of the movie, revealing the "new face" of Dwight

Macgyver on Jan 8, 2013


THAT would be cool!

moutchy on Jan 8, 2013


Normally a re-cast would bug me, especially of Clive. But I think Brolin is a man of a thousand faces and voices, and this won't be a big deal. Especially if he's supposed to be significantly different. I don't know anything about the original material.

OfficialJab on Jan 8, 2013


I'm not happy about this at all. I love Brolin, and I know he'll do a good job. I'm just a sucker for consistency. Plus, Clive Owen was cool as shit as Dwight. He was my favorite character in that film, and I'm really disappointed he won't be reprising the role.

grimjob on Jan 8, 2013


Did you read the article? Dwight's character has his appearance changed in the comic so this makes plenty of sense.

Matt Peloquin on Jan 9, 2013


Yes, I did read the article. A good makeup team could do plenty to change his appearance. A completely different actor isn't necessary.

grimjob on Jan 9, 2013


Maybe not necessary, but if it works in relation to the story it's not a deal breaker. I felt more upset when they cast Maggie Gyllenhal in TDK, but that worked out well.

Matt Peloquin on Jan 9, 2013


Its not a deal breaker by any means, I'm still very excited to see this. I was actually happy when Gyllenhaal was cast. I can't stand Katie Holmes. I would actually be pleased if Alba was replaced, horrible actor.

grimjob on Jan 9, 2013


I don't think they cast her for her acting ability...

Matt Peloquin on Jan 9, 2013


Very true.

grimjob on Jan 9, 2013



Nielsen700 on Jan 8, 2013


Dammit. Brolin is good, but Clive...Actually, why not both?

PBGray on Jan 8, 2013


I think this might mean that Brolin plays him 'Pre-Op' and Owen plays him 'Post-op'

Chris Groves on Jan 8, 2013


so this means Brolin is going 2 play Dwight bald? and Owen is playin Dwight with hair and supposed 2 be the new face of Dwight? that would make sense, but still don't think Owen is coming back cause thats jst dumb

comic393 on Jan 8, 2013


I'm glad they're replacing him for the story reasons. I didn't want to see a bad make up job.

Kento on Jan 9, 2013


I'll wait with my excitement about this film till the actual trailer drops. It's a bloody sequel and his last films werent exactly spectacular now were they. Spy Kids and Machete, talk about brilliant film making !

gert on Jan 9, 2013


Brolin can be Tommy Lee Jones and Clive Owen. Only thing he can't be is Jonah Hex.

Stavi on Jan 9, 2013


The first Sin City was terrible.

Josh Taylor on Jan 9, 2013

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