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West is Jigsaw

Sep. 25, 2007by: Mike Sampson

After numerous rumors on who would be playing Jigsaw in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, Dominic West (300) has officially won the role. West joins the cast along with Wayne "Newman" Knight who'll play Microchip, the chubbier, geekier version of James Bond's Q. Ray Stevenson has already signed on to replace Thomas Jane as Frank Castle/Punisher who dropped out after concerns about the script. I don't know what there is to provide any kind of optimism for this project other than blind hope that maybe director Lexi Alexander will find it in her to make a decent PUNISHER film. But considering the producers involved made the abysmal first PUNISHER film, I don't hold out much hope that they can put it together to make a decent one this time around. Filming is scheduled to begin next month right in our backyard in Montreal so don't think for a second we won't be keeping a close eye on this one.

Extra Tidbit: West played a Palace Guard in THE PHANTOM MENACE.

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8:31PM on 09/25/2007

Yes...

TJ's version has its problems, but more good than bad came out of it. I was sad that it didn't have a LOT more criminal-killing, but it's an origin story. And the fact that they're bringing in Newman to play Microchip is inspired, but I HATE that character. Frank Castle solo is the way to go.
TJ's version has its problems, but more good than bad came out of it. I was sad that it didn't have a LOT more criminal-killing, but it's an origin story. And the fact that they're bringing in Newman to play Microchip is inspired, but I HATE that character. Frank Castle solo is the way to go.
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12:42PM on 09/25/2007
I thought the Tom Jane version was lackluster. From hearing all this on the new movie and being more faithful to the storyline, I hope it comes as a surprise and is really good
I thought the Tom Jane version was lackluster. From hearing all this on the new movie and being more faithful to the storyline, I hope it comes as a surprise and is really good
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12:03PM on 09/25/2007
wait....you people are saying it'll be bad just cause a woman is directing? Jesus....how much more sexist can you be? And as for you Mr. Sampson, I hope when you say "abyssmal first punisher film" you're referring to the Dolph Lundgren vehicle from the eighties. If not, I'll only grant you the word dissapointing, and that based on Travolta's hamming and Rebecca's cringing. Otherwise, that was pretty alright, and hopefully this one will make up for the errors that were present in Tom's ride.
wait....you people are saying it'll be bad just cause a woman is directing? Jesus....how much more sexist can you be? And as for you Mr. Sampson, I hope when you say "abyssmal first punisher film" you're referring to the Dolph Lundgren vehicle from the eighties. If not, I'll only grant you the word dissapointing, and that based on Travolta's hamming and Rebecca's cringing. Otherwise, that was pretty alright, and hopefully this one will make up for the errors that were present in Tom's ride.
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11:04AM on 09/25/2007

But what about the music?

Anyone know if the same person (Carlo Siliotto I believe) is scoring the new film? For me, the music really drove the film and while I still have a bad feeling about them doing it without Thomas Jane, I hold the slightest bit of optimism here.

Slightest.

Really slight.
Anyone know if the same person (Carlo Siliotto I believe) is scoring the new film? For me, the music really drove the film and while I still have a bad feeling about them doing it without Thomas Jane, I hold the slightest bit of optimism here.

Slightest.

Really slight.
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8:47AM on 09/25/2007
With anything else coming soon, we'll just have to wait and see...
With anything else coming soon, we'll just have to wait and see...
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8:26AM on 09/25/2007

Huh?

A woman making a "Punisher" flick? I dont mind if they vaccum the set or brew the coffee or show their cleavage for a few takes, but direct? Jesus H. christ.
A woman making a "Punisher" flick? I dont mind if they vaccum the set or brew the coffee or show their cleavage for a few takes, but direct? Jesus H. christ.
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7:20AM on 09/25/2007

Agreed.

Thomas Jane dropping out over script problems is the biggest indicator that this film isn't going to be anything special. Having said that, I hope we're all proven wrong and it turns out to be a dark, kick-ass film. We'll see though.
Thomas Jane dropping out over script problems is the biggest indicator that this film isn't going to be anything special. Having said that, I hope we're all proven wrong and it turns out to be a dark, kick-ass film. We'll see though.
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