Dennis Haysbert Replaces Michael Clarke Duncan in 'Sin City 2' (Exclusive)

Dennis Haysbert Headshot - P 2012
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The actor who originally played Manute in the 2005 film died in September.

Dennis Haysbert, who spent several years as the U.S. president on Fox’s 24, is in negotiation to play one of the heavies in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Robert Rodriguez is directing the movie with Frank Miller, the comic book icon who created the Sin City comics that were published by Dark Horse in the 1990s. (Rodriguez and Miller teamed up for the first Sin City adaptation, a hit back in 2005.) 

Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Jaime King and Rosario Dawson are among those returning and Jamie Chung is replacing Devon Aoki for the sequel, which is on a short break from shooting in Austin. (Filming will occur intermittently in December and go full force in January.)

One of the storylines being adapted is A Dame to Kill For, originally published in 1993 and featuring a man named Dwight entangled in a complicated and deadly relationship with a femme fatale named Ava. 

Haysbert will play Manute, the brutal and seemingly unstoppable right-hand man of Ava’s husband. The role was played in the 2005 movie by Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in September at age 54.

"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," said Rodriguez and Miller in a statement to Heat Vision. "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 onscreen as the voice of General Hologram in Wreck-It Ralph and appeared in The Details, a comedy starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks that just got released via VOD.

He is repped by Gersh.