Writer-director Frank Miller has signed Gabriel Macht to star in Will Eisner’s The Spirit, the Miller-scripted adaptation of the classic Eisner comic book series, reports Variety.
Shooting on the film co-financed by Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment begins in October for release in 2009. Odd Lot partners Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete produce.
The Bronx-born Macht was most recently seen in The Good Shepherd and just wrapped the Dominic Sena-directed Whiteout, in which he stars opposite Kate Beckinsale.
Macht will play the title character, a man who has faked his own death so he can battle crime from the shadows of Central City. He runs up against the Octopus, a villain who’s bent on wiping out the entire city and kills anyone unlucky enough to see his face.
Miller insisted that actors who wanted the starring role audition, and Macht won the job in the room.
“We think Gabriel has a devilishly charming quality, and the dry wit that embodies the Spirit, and we wanted to do this with someone who can embody this character for the next few years, because we anticipate we’ll be making more than one Spirit movie,” said Lionsgate prexy of film production Mike Paseornek.