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The Rise Of Renegade is a 2004 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film was directed by Maxwell Atoms and produced by Guillermo Del Toro, with music by Marco Beltrami. It stars Paul Walker, Brittany Murphy, William H Macy, Ashton Kutcher, Joan Allen, and Robin Williams. It was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 27 2004 and was a critical and commercial success. Unfortunately, a sequel was never made despite being considered, though the story was continued in a Teen Titans season 4 one hour episode, titled Visions, with Walker and Kutcher reprising their roles.

CAST

  • Paul Walker as John Valentine / Renegade: A police officer who obtained supernatural superpowers and the ability to see ghosts when he was a child, carrying two black fiery swords to take down his enemies. Josh Hutcherson plays a younger John Valentine.
  • Robin Williams as Hardy Wilson: A newspaper journalist and Valentine's master, who's articles relate to the Renegade.
  • Brittany Murphy as Rebecca Jones: A resident of Central City and John's love interest.
  • William H Macy as Vincent Blunt / Overlord: A Powerful crime boss of Central City and one of the main antagonists of the film.
  • Ashton Kutcher as Jason Hare / Speedball: A Criminal working for Vincent with superspeed, John's former friend, and one of the main antagonists of the film.
  • Cree Summer as Oracle Johnson: A hyptonist who can see through minds and John's next door neighbor.
  • Joan Allen as Officer Lauren White: The head of the Central City Police Department tasked in taking down the Renegade.
  • Djimon Hounsou as Morton Boswell: A sniper specialist and Vincent's partner.
  • Chris Benoit as Damien Zahkarov / Sharptooth: A Russian scientist who's turned into a giant creature thanks to a lab accident. Benoit provides motion capture and voice for Sharptooth, while Dee Bradley Baker provides Sharptooth's vocal effects.
  • Xander Berkeley as Peter Bowman / The Mist: A mysterious man from John's past who has ghost-like abilities and can see the future of other people.
  • Steve Austin as Officer Andy Hardtop: A Central City Officer and Lauren's Partner.
  • Michael Vartan as Winslow Scott / Toyman: A criminal who uses toy-based devices or gimmicks for the various crimes he commits.
  • Jennifer Tilly as Jessica Quinn: A ghost disguised as a human who has the ability to perform telekinesis. She serves as comic relief of the film.
  • 50 Cent as Stuart Simmons / Hook: The former leader of a gang and Vincent's partner who had one of his hands replaced by a superpowered hook thanks to a train accident.
  • Daniel Craig as Floyd Lawton / Deadshot: An expert marksman and assassin tasked in taking down the Renegade who is responsible for the death of John's father.
  • Dominic Monaghan as Billy Longview: A weapons specialisty and John's childhood friend.
  • Marg Helgenberger as Megan Conroy: A Central City resident who believes in ghosts.
  • Taylor Lautner as The Kid / Damian Wayne: The violent son of Bruce Wayne who forms a close bond with John.
  • Ernest Borgnine as Jeff Jones: The Mayor of Central City and father of Rebecca.
  • Maggie Q as Hiyrikashu: A ghost with samurai-type abilities.
  • Sam Bottoms as Reed Valentine: John's deceased father and former police officer who was killed by Deadshot when John was young.
  • Billy Boyd as Norman Breed: The leader of a mysterious group of daywalkers with vampire-like abilities.
  • Ben Diskin as Andrew Breed: A daywalker with vampire-like abilities and brother of Norman.
  • Eddie Guerrero as Oscar Martinez / Sinister: A skilled poker player who has the ability to control minds.
  • David Anders as Pat Schmidt: Vincent's childhood friend and skilled martial artist.
  • Bubba Ray Dudley And D-Von Dudley as The Blurerz: Two criminals who are the first people that Renegade fights.
  • Lauren Tom as Jasmine / Jinx: A Central City resident who takes interest in John and his superhero identity. She later becomes the sorceress Jinx in a mid credits scene.
  • Miranda Otto as Officer Karen Brooke: A Central City officer who believes in ghosts and childhood friend of John. AnnaSophia Robb plays a younger Karen Brooke.
  • Ryan Stark as Officer Brad Dreamer: A Central City officer.
  • Jeff Jarrett as Officer Gilroy Collins: A Central City officer.
  • Chris Pratt as Elevator guy
  • Tom Kenny as Store clerk
  • Richard Horvitz as Central City resident
  • Grey DeLisle as News Anchor
  • Greg Eagles as Central City officer
  • Diedrich Bader as Central City officer

PRODUCTION

Filming started in July 2003 and ended in November 2003.

MARKETING

Before the first trailer was released, the website for the official movie was released. The first trailer, which featured the song Song 2 by Blur, was attached to Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King on December 17 2003, and was later released online the following monday.

A second trailer was later attached to Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban in May 2004, with the final trailer being attached to Catwoman in July.

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