February 12, 2009 at 03:12 PM EST

Josh Brolin and John Malkovich have been tapped for Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex, Variety reports. Malkovich will play Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation who blames Hex (Brolin), a former confederate soldier-turned-hardened bounty hunter, for his son’s death. Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who) is directing the script by Crank writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Production starts in April.

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