Jamie Foxx has about as much range as anyone in Hollywood. Throughout his career he’s basically covered it all, pulling off award-winning biopics (Ray), a Tarantino film (Django Unchained), action movies (too many to name really), irreverent child musicals (Annie), bad reboots (Robin Hood), and even a supervillain turn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This list only scratches the surface of what he’s pulled off on the big screen and otherwise. The guy can really do it all and he’s about to pad that resume even more. Netflix has announced Foxx will star as a vampire hunter in their upcoming film Day Shift.
In this latest film, Jamie Foxx will take more of an action-comedy approach to things. According to the movie’s early description, Foxx plays a hardworking pool cleaner in the San Fernando Valley who is just trying to provide for his daughter. But the daytime and mundane pool cleaner gig is just a cover for his real passion in life: smoking vampires at night. It doesn’t appear Foxx will employ any actual superpowers to his prowess for killing the undead, but rather just penchant for getting the job done and supporting those he loves. The fact that it’s labeled in part a comedy, does feel like it will play right into Foxx’s strengths.
Along with Jamie Foxx, JJ Perry is set to make his directorial debut in Day Shift after extensive stunt coordinator work on films like Will Smith’s Gemini Man, The Fate of the Furious, and John Wick 2 among others. If the action sequences and stunts from those films are any indications, we could be getting a sleek and uptempo film that could even play well on the big screen.
Jamie Foxx’s latest work with Netflix was Project Power which had him playing a father on a mission to save his daughter. He did so with the aid of a new set of pharmaceutical pills that gave users quick bursts of wide-ranging superpowers. No one knew the power inside them until they popped the pill for the first time. It was a watchable and inventive, if not fantastic flick.
It’s worth noting that despite the film’s superpower focus and with Foxx in the starring role, it didn’t crack the top ten in Netflix’s original streaming for the year so far. The online platform plays it close to the vest when it comes to reporting these numbers (unless they are good), but it doesn’t appear they have any reservations about going back to the well with Foxx.
This isn’t the only project Jamie Foxx has in his current pipeline. He’s in pre-production on a number of other big-name films including a return as Electro in a Spider-man sequel, sports comedy All-Star Weekend alongside Robert Downey Jr., and also a reboot of Spawn which was announced back in August. There’s also They Cloned Tyrone, a government conspiracy film costarring John Boyega.
Currently, there’s no set release date for Day Shift with additional casting moves likely coming down the pike shortly. For now, we’ll have to wait to see how Jamie Foxx takes his talent to the Dracula-killing business.