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.
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.
The story centers on a former CIA agent (Bruce Willis) who has to fight off hi-tech assassins sent to kill him. Malkovich plays a fellow retired agent who is "erratic and paranoid" and teams up with Willis's character.
"Red" is set to start principal photography this week in Toronto, and is scheduled to hit theaters on October 22, 2010.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: MTV News, The Geek Files, Screen Rant