One of Samuel L. Jackson's greatest roles was as the shady "Mr. Glass" in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Essentially a cripple, he was both mysterious and powerful -- the kind of villain you wouldn't see coming from a mile away. I wouldn't be surprised if that one role helped Jackson land the part of Octopus in The Spirit; the latest comic book adaptation from writer (and now director) Frank Miller. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson is in final talks to play the villainous murderer who, in the comics, was never seen except for his gloves. While introducing the project at Cannes, Miller said that Jackson was his first choice to play the role which HR describes as "a meek lab assistant who reinvents himself as a psychotic nightmare that kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face."
Based on the comic book series created by Will Eisner, The Spirit revolves around Denny Colt; a cop who's killed in the line of duty, only to resurface as a masked vigilante out to fight crime. At times, he's been referred to as "the only real middle-class crimefighter." Currently, Miller (who chose The Spirit as his first solo directing gig) is trying to decide who to cast in the main role. The way I see it, there's really only one guy who has what it takes to play The Spirit -- and I truly hope Miller hears my plea, because Clive Owen needs to star in this film. That's it, case closed. It's Clive. No need to cycle through a ton of names here -- just go get him. Pic is expected to begin shooting this fall, with Lionsgate onboard to distribute. There's no word on a release date, but here's hoping they can get this thing in good-enough shape to shovel it into theaters by Christmas, 2008.