Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson Confirmed to Return in Sin City Sequel; Angelina Jolie Rumor Remains a Rumor
04.24.12 by BJSprecher
The sequel to Sin City, director Robert Rodriguez's bloody, stylized adaptation of Frank Miller's neo-noir comic book series, has been gestating for nearly seven years — with many predicting it would never happen — but we finally got the word last week that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been given the green light. Rodriguez's reluctance to move forward with the sequel before now has always been about the quality of the script, believing that the sequel needed to be "something truly exceptional" to meet the "epic expectations" of the fans, which was apparently accomplished after Academy Award–winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) was hired to do some re-writes on Miller's script.
The next step is casting, which is expected to commence this week. Though many of the major roles will likely go to the actors who played the characters in the original movie, you simply never know in Hollywood — Terrence Howard being replaced by Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in Iron Man 2 springs to mind. In a recent interview with FlickDirect, Rodriguez confessed that he hasn't started casting yet and said that it may not even happen "in the next month." However, he did reveal that Mickey Rourke is "the first" of the original cast to return, which is great news because it's virtually inconceivable to envision anyone else portraying the "murder machine with a heart of gold" known as Marv. Rodriguez also said that Rosario Dawson is "pumped" to return as Gail.
We still have to cast; I'm shooting Machete 2 next month, and we go right into Sin City. It might overlap, but we haven't done any casting yet, except for the people who we know are already in it and returning.
I just had lunch with Mickey [Rourke] this weekend; he is all excited to come back; but he is probably the first one. I saw Rosario [Dawson] too. I ran into her for something else, and she is pumped. They have always been excited about doing another one, so that will be fun.
So, who else should be expect to see in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? Well, Miller revealed that his short story "Just Another Saturday Night" is one of the four stories that he wove together in writing the screenplay for A Dame to Kill For, which should pretty much guarantee the return of Jessica Alba as Nancy. And considering the "A Dame to Kill For" miniseries is the primary inspiration for the sequel, it's also likely that Michael Clarke Duncan will return as Manut.
The return of Clive Owen as Dwight is a bigger question mark, however. Though Dwight does appear in "A Dame to Kill For," he had plastic surgery to disguise his appearance following the events in the story. Additionally, Jaime King revealed last year that she would be making a return appearance in the sequel, though she did not say whether it would be as the ill-fated Goldie, as Goldie's revenge-driven twin sister, Wendy, or as both characters.
As for Ava, the "Dame" at the heart of the movie, rumors have linked Angelina Jolie to the role for years, but Rodriguez said that he hasn't met with Jolie ("yet"), and that he wants input from Miller about the character before making any decisions.
I haven't even gotten to meet with her about it yet or discuss with Frank [Miller] who we would want to go with or talk to first," he says. That's a fun process, but that probably won't happen in the next month.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For does not yet have a release date.