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Sure, superheroes are great and all, but we should never forget about the other amazing graphic novel adaptations Hollywood has recently produced, and continues to invest in. One such adaptation that we've had our eyes on for some time is 20th Century Fox's take on the endlessly creepy graphic novel, The Empty Man. Not much information has come forward regarding the project recently, but we've just learned that an actor has finally stepped in to take one of the lead roles -- and he's undeniably prefect.
According to a new report from THR, it seems that 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaption of The Empty Man graphic novel series has found its first actor. We've just learned that actor James Badge Dale will step in to be one of the film's prominent players -- although the exact nature of this role has yet to be fully fleshed out.
Based upon a graphic novel of the same name, The Empty Man is one of the darkest -- as well as the most fascinating -- graphic novels in recent memory. The story revolves around an ex-cop who is haunted by the memory of his deceased family while he searches high and low for a missing girl while a "sinister presence" looms over his life. Although Cullen Bunn did some excellent work on the source material, the THR report seems to indicate that 20th Century Fox intends to make some major alterations to the narrative in the course of adapting it to the silver screen, which guarantees that plenty of secrets will remain intact.
Of all the Hollywood actors who could have potentially stepped into the leading role of The Empty Man, we have to say that it would be hard to top James Badge Dale. Over the last few years he has proven himself as one of the most reliable actors when it comes to dark material. From television projects like Steven Spielberg's hit HBO miniseries The Pacific to films such as Iron Man 3 and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, he has more than established himself as an actor who can easily tackle dark material with charm and depth. He also has a well-established pedigree for visceral action sequences, only confirming his suitability for this sort of role.
We here at Cinema Blend will bring you all of the latest and greatest updates related to 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of The Empty Man as it becomes available to us. With an actor as talented as James Badge Dale front and center, we think this could be a thriller to watch in the near future. The film is currently slated to begin production sometime this fall in South Africa, so stay tuned for more details!