×

‘Punisher’ main man Jane

'Dreamcatcher' thesp takes on role as vigilante

Thomas Jane has signed on to star in “The Punisher,” the live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics character that Jonathan Hensleigh scripted and will direct.

Production begins July for a summer 2004 release. Jane arrives just in time to shoot a teaser trailer that will precede Marvel film “The Hulk.”

Jane has long been the lead candidate to play FBI undercover agent Frank Castle, who sheds his world of danger for a cushy desk job only to see his wife and son executed as the result of his last undercover assignment. Blinded by vengeance, Castle becomes unstoppable in his efforts to punish the murderers and finds redemption in the process.

“The movie is a throwback to the great righteous revenge movies of the 1970s like ‘Walking Tall’ and ‘Dirty Harry,’ ” said Artisan Pictures production prexy Richard Saperstein. “Tom is a real actor who gives weight to what will be a gritty R-rated film. This is not some special effects movie with a guy running around in spandex.”

“The Punisher” will be produced by Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad and Gale Anne Hurd. It’s the second pic to emerge from an ongoing joint venture between Artisan and Marvel that began with the character Iron Fist.

Jane previously starred in “Dreamcatcher,” played Mickey Mantle in “61*” and first gained notice in “Boogie Nights.”

More Film

  • BAFTA headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London

    BAFTA Undertakes Major Renovation of Its London Headquarters

    BAFTA has undertaken a major renovation of its London headquarters that will double the building’s capacity and increase space devoted to the British academy’s programs to promote skills training and new talent. Work has already begun on the $31 million overhaul, which is expected to take two years. In the interim, BAFTA will relocate its [...]

  • Andhadhun

    Booming Digital Lifts Eros Indian Film Distribution Giant

    Eros International, India’s largest and most controversial film distributor, says that its digital revenues now outstrip conventional theatrical and syndication revenues. Its Eros Now streaming platform claims 18.8 million paying subscribers. The New York-listed company reported annual results that were distorted by multiple adjustments to presentation. Reported revenues in the year to end of March [...]

  • The Eight Hundred (The 800)

    Second Huayi Brothers Film Is Canceled as Company's Losses Mount

    Still reeling from the cancellation of the theatrical release of its blockbuster “The Eight Hundred,” production studio Huayi Brothers has been hit with another setback: Its comedy “The Last Wish” has also been quietly pulled from China’s summer lineup. Both films have fallen afoul of China’s increasingly heavy-handed censors. The unwelcome development comes as Huayi [...]

  • Sean AstinCritics' Choice Awards, Arrivals, Los

    Film News Roundup: Sean Astin Cast in 'Mayfields Game,' 'Charming the Hearts of Men'

    In today’s film news roundup, Sean Astin gets two roles, two “Peanuts” movies are set for release, “One Last Night” gets distribution and Brian De Palma gets honored. CASTINGS Sean Astin has been cast in a pair of upcoming feature films: “Mayfield’s Game” opposite Mira Sorvino and “Charming The Hearts of Men” opposite Kelsey Grammer. Astin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content