Last year during awards season when The Hurt Locker and Jeremy Renner were getting a lot of buzz the actor revealed that Marvel had approached him to play Hawkeye in The Avengers. In later interviews the actor said that nothing was official as they still needed a director (Marvel have since hired Joss Whedon), however according to Heat Vision Renner and Marvel are now in the final stages of negotiations for him to join the superhero movie event of 2012.
In the comics Clint Barton was orphaned at a young age and joined the circus where he was trained as an acrobat and archer. Inspired by the exploits of the Avengers he became Hawkeye, and at one point the hot-headed archer enjoyed a successful stint as the leader of the West Coast Avengers.
In December Renner spoke about what Marvel had planned for the character, and why he was interested in playing him:
“They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye’s really not a superhero,” Jeremy told us. “He’s just a man with a high skill set, so I can relate to (that). The Marvel guys are great for how they made Iron Man to be, ‘Oh, that’s actually plausible’ so I bought it and I love that. They’re really, really smart guys and I’d love to work for ‘em, and we’ll see if it works out.”
When we asked him if he’s started reading up on his Hawkeye comic book history just in case he gets the role, he gave us a possible hint of what the character might look like in the movie compared to the comics: “Yeah, but it’s going to be modernized, it’s not going to be the guy with the big purple (mask), it’s not going to be a guy in tights. It’s going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He’s going to be more modernized and I’m gonna say, ‘A cooler-looking version’ and not the big weird costume he had on. I don’t think they’re going that route.”
The Avengers will begin filming in January/February with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Don Cheadle as War Machine. No word on Edward Norton returning as The Hulk, but we’ll find out one way or another in time.
What do you think of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye? Given the huge cast it won’t be a large role, but it should be pretty interesting nonetheless.