Very few men could step into the very big shoes left by late actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who passed away earlier this year. In 2005, the actor best know for his work in The Green Mile and Armageddon played a bad-ass bodyguard in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s film Sin City, which is currently shooting a sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Duncan’s role, Manute, plays a part in the film and unfortunately, his passing has forced the director to recast. Their choice is a great one, though: the former TV President of the United States, insurance spokesman and power-hitting Indian, Dennis Haysbert. Read the official statement and what the role will entail after the jump.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the recasting. Here’s what Rodriguez and Miller said about it:

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. 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.

In A Dame To Kill For, a character named Dwight gets involved with a married woman named Ava. Manute is Ava’s husband’s unstoppable bodyguard. Clive Owen played Dwight in the original film, but there’s no word whether or not he’ll return. The role of Ava was supposed to go to Angelina Jolie, but that fell through as well. Neither role has been cast just yet.

Rodriguez and Miller have been shooting the movie for a few months, are now on a break, and will finish in January aimed at a October 4, 2013 release. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Jaime King and Rosario Dawson are all returning while Jamie Chung is replacing Devon Aoki.

Do you think all the recast roles will hurt this film? Do you like Haysbert in this role?

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