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Pair joining ‘Spirit’ squad

Vega, King added to cast of comic adaptation

Paz Vega and Jamie King have joined the cast of “Will Eisner’s The Spirit,” co-produced by Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment.

“The Spirit” is directed by Frank Miller (writer/co-director of “Sin City” and author of the graphic novel “300”) based on his own adaptation. The action-adventure centers on a rookie cop who returns from the dead to fight crime from the shadows.

Vega will play the knife-wielding Plaster of Paris, and King will portray Lorelei, a phantom siren.

The duo joins Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. Principal photography begins today in New Mexico.

Lionsgate has U.S. and U.K. rights and plans to release the film on Jan. 16, 2009. Odd Lot principals Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker are producing along with Michael Uslan of Batfilm Prods.; Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steven Maier are exec producers, with Odd Lot’s Linda McDonough and Batfilm/Comic Book Movies’ F.J. DeSanto as co-producers.

Vega’s in pre-production on “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay.”

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