UPDATE: Considine Offered Villain Role in Punisher


UPDATE – How quickly things change. Considine now says that Liongate has withdrawn his offer and is going with their first choice:

The original choice for Jigsaw dropped out, then they offerered it to me. I’m very dubious because the other films looked shite. Then whoever is responsible said that their original choice has decided to do it, therefore pulling my offer. The only blessing was that I didn’t waste an hour of my life reading the script. That be the way of the film world.

Here is the original story:

Actor Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz) has revealed here that he has been offered the role of villain Jigsaw in Lionsgate’s Punisher: War Zone. He said he’ll be reading the script today.

To be directed by Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans), the new film will be set in New York, where Frank Castle runs up against a mobster. Ray Stevenson takes over the Castle roll from Thomas Jane.

The project will mark the third screen incarnation for “The Punisher,” which originated in a comic book about Frank Castle, a Marine-turned-vigilante who is driven by a desire to avenge the murder of his family after they witness a gangland killing. The property was also turned into a 1989 film that starred Dolph Lundgren.