Jeremy Renner in final negotiations to join THE AVENGERS as Hawkeye?
It's the casting rumor we've been talking about for months now - Jeremy Renner as Marvel superhero Hawkeye in the upcoming AVENGERS movie. Outlets across the internets are reporting that Renner is "in final negotiations" to play the character. However, everyone seems to be pulling a BROADCAST NEWS and burying the lead from the original Hollywood Reporter report - that Marvel hasn't even confirmed that Renner is in negotions at all.
Marvel, you fickle mistress. Stop teasing!
If Renner does indeed join the film, he will make nerds and film buffs alike happy, suiting up as the bow-and-arrow-slinging hero who changed his wicked ways to join the Avengers. The film has been coming together quite nicely as of late, signing on Joss Whedon as its director (an interesting choice that I am incredibly interested in seeing play out).
The recent release of IRON MAN 2 gave us a better look at some of the other Avengers team, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and the re-cast Don Cheadle as War Machine. Of course, we've also long known to expect Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man himself, along with Samuel L. Jackon's Nick Fury (both also, obviously, introed in the first IRON MAN). Recent casting for other individual Marvel superhero flicks include two other Avengers - Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Chris Evans' Captain America.
Despite the jam-packed cast, reports are coming out that the studio is looking to keep "costs manageable" for THE AVENGERS, with actors expecting to take pay cuts.
As the story (hopefully) gets more official confirmation, we'll bring it to you. Are you guys still psyched at the possibility of Renner playing Hawkeye?
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