*Dennis Haysbert has been cast in the next “Sin City” film from director Robert Rodriguez to replace the late Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in September.
Rodriguez is co-directing “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” with Frank Miller, the comic book icon who created the Sin City comics that were published by Dark Horse in the 1990s. (Rodriguez and Miller teamed up for the first “Sin City” adaptation, a hit back in 2005.)
The comic book story A Dame to Kill For, originally published in 1993, features a man named Dwight entangled in a complicated and deadly relationship with a femme fatale named Ava.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Haysbert will play Manute, the brutal and seemingly unstoppable right-hand man of Ava’s husband. The role was played in the 2005 movie by Duncan, who died in September at age 54.
“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 onscreen,” said Rodriguez and Miller in a statement to Heat Vision. “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.”
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Jaime King and Rosario Dawson are among those returning and Jamie Chung is replacing Devon Aoki for the sequel, which is on a short break from shooting in Austin. (Filming will occur intermittently in December and go full force in January.)
Haysbert is currently onscreen as the voice of General Hologram in “Wreck-It Ralph” and appeared in “The Details,” a comedy starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks that just got released via VOD.