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Robert Rodriguez's 2005 adaptation of Frank Miller's 'Sin City' graphic novel series was visually arresting and boasted a stellar cast of top-shelf talent. When it was announced that 'Sin City 2' was in the works, and that it would be pulling from different corners of the comic's canon, it became apparent that even characters who had not made it out of the first film alive could return for the sequel. Sadly however, one of the actors who had appeared in the first movie has passed away since its release. Michael Clarke Duncan died in September and his character, Manute, will factor heavily into the plot of 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.' It now appears that the filmmakers have found a replacement. Dennis Haysbert ('24,' 'The Unit') will be playing Manute in the sequel, which will soon continue shooting in Austin, Texas. Rodriguez is co-directing the film along with Miller.
I was wondering when this would happen. Though Duncan's character played a small role in 'Sin City,' as Rodriguez mentions in the original article, it would be impossible to tell the 'Dame to Kill For' story without Manute. The reason for this substitution is sad, but given that it is necessary to replace Michael Clarke Duncan, I think Haysbert is a suitable choice. I like him more on TV than I do in movies, but he is definitely an actor of considerable skill. It'll be interesting to see how audiences react to seeing him in a movie like this, mostly because I think more people know Haysbert by his distinctive voice than they do by his screen presence; perhaps even more so by his All State commercials. He certainly won't cut the same imposing stature as did Duncan, but that doesn't preclude his his appropriateness for this role. For a while, long before Duncan's passing, it was unclear whether they were ever going to get 'Sin City 2' off the ground. Though they are on shooting break right now, it does appear that things are rolling nicely on 'A Dame to Kill For.'
What do you guys think? Is Haysbert the right choice to replace Duncan? Are you excited for 'Sin City 2.'