The death of Michael Clarke Duncan took us all by surprise last September. Despite some health issues, the Oscar-nominated star of The Green Mile was only 54 years sold when he passed away. He was a great and memorable cinematic presence, the likes of which Hollywood doesn't produce terribly often. So Robert Rodriguez had his work cut out for him replacing Duncan for his upcoming sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, in which Duncan's character from the first Sin City movie, Manute, plays an enormous part. His solution? Dennis Haysbert, another powerful actor who is perhaos best known for his work on the TV series "24," in which he played President David Palmer, and the comedy franchise Major League, in which he played the voodoo priest baseball player Pedro Cerrano.
Manute, one of the principle antagonists of the first film adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed comic book series, is a main character in the sequel's title story, A Dame to Kill For. The story is about a femme fatale whose machinations have a major impact on the world of Sin City, and is a direct prequel to one of the stories Miller and Rodriguez adapted for the first Sin City movie. Manute plays the villainous right hand man of Ava's husband. The role of Ava has not yet been cast.
Of the casting change, Rodriguez told Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, "Manute is a character that has been part of the heart of the Sin City tales, and the late Michael Clarke Duncan beautifully established that role onscreen […] We could not tell the story of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For without Manute and are thrilled to welcome Dennis Haysbert to the cast."
Haysbert is a fine actor, and we don't recall ever having seen him in a role this villainous, despite his deep voice and great stature. We think it's a fine casting choice, particularly since removing the character from the film was pretty much entirely out of the question. What say you? Is Haysbert the man for the job?
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is scheduled for theatrical release on October 4, 2013.