John Malkovich Joins Red

John Malkovich’s status as the latest “Spider-Man” villain isn’t entirely clear yet, but the actor does have some official news on the comic book front — he’s joining the cast of “Red”

According to Variety, Malkovich has signed aboard the ensemble cast of “Red,” Summit Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics/WildStorm Productions miniseries written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner.

Malkovich isn’t just a new addition, however, as he is actually replacing former cast member John C. Reilly, who has departed the production for unknown reasons.

The casting reflects two other recent breaking news items in the comic book world. Over the weekend, Malkovich himself confirmed his involvement in “Spider-Man 4,” presumably as The Vulture. Additionally, another comic book movie casting switch-up took place over the weekend as Joshua Dallas replaced Stuart Townsend as Fandral the Dashing in “Thor.”

Even at the expense of Reilly’s departure, Malkovich’s enlistment to the “Red” cast only furthers the continually exciting line-up of big name actors attached to the project. In addition to Malkovich, the cast of “Red” consists of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, James Remar, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox. “Priest” star Karl Urban has also reportedly signed on to play a character named Cooper.

“To get this caliber of actor on board, I imagine the script is pretty good,” artist Cully Hamner described of the project back in December. “So it’s going to be real interesting to see. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s going to be cool.”

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