A month ago, Martha told you about the upcoming movie adaptation of Mark Millar's TopCow comics title Wanted, starring James McAvoy (recently of Mr. Tumnus in Narnia fame). During a promotional appearance for yet another film (the guy is hot right now), ComingSoon caught up with McAvoy and discussed the project with him. McAvoy told them he hadn't read the comic prior to signing on, although he had heard of it, and was mostly sold on the project because he was excited at the prospect of working with director Timur Bekmambetov. In an interesting sidebar, McAvoy expects his gymnastic skills to be a big help in filling out the role, saying "there's a lot of jumping around and swinging around and doing silly things, so I can't wait." McAvoy also admitted he will need to adjust the style of the main character a bit, because he feels he isn't a close enough replica to the comic book lead: "It's difficult because the character has been based so obviously, at least visually on Eminem, I feel like I need to get away from that, because I feel that's something I'll never achieve. I feel that I'd like to take the essence of what [Mark Millar's] did and fill it."

Fans, I need your help on this one. I'm not a regular reader of TopCow comics, and I've never encountered Wanted. What do you think of the casting of James McAvoy? And, more to the point, what do you think of his take on the direction of this character?

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