Gabriel Macht Has Spirit

By Garth Frankli Friday August 3rd 2007 07:47AM

Hunky Gabriel Macht ("The Recruit," "The Good Shepherd") has signed on to star as the title character in Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment's comic adaptation of "The Spirit".

The Frank Miller-scripted adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comic book series follows a rookie cop who faked his death so he can secretly battle crime in Central City - notably the megalomaniacal villain known as the Octopus.

Macht won after some intense auditioning, and Miller hints that he's set for several sequels should the first be a success.

Sony Pictures has picked up international rights to the film in outside the US & UK.