Looks like Jeremy Renner will be taking on the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.
Renner was rumored to be up for the role during the fall, but his attachment at the time Universal’s Battleship and to a as yet unnamed Paul Thomas Anderson project was thought to prevent him from joining the film. Since then, Renner has not been cast in Battleship and Anderson’s project has been pushed back repeatedly as it’s tried to cobble together financing.
I like Renner for this role, and he’s a former Whedonite, (He played Penn on Angel) so I’m hoping this means Joss will be able to draft more of his favorite actors for the film. *cough* Nathan Fillion *cough* Gina Torres *cough*
This is good news. I’m really excited. Renner is a tremendously talented actor, it’s nice to see him continuing to get some recognition post The Hurt Locker.
I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the costume.
Via: Heat Vision – The Hollywood Reporter
Hmmmm….. Avengers News is reporting that Josh Holloway is in talks to play a “lead” role in The Avengers movie: either Hank Pym (Ant Man), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) or Timothy “Dum Dum” Duggan. All these movies would potentially have their own franchises spun off of them.
Of all those choices, I’m liking Holloway for Hank Pym. I’d honestly like to see Hawkeye go to Nathan Filion, who deserves a movie franchise after all this time. And Dum Dum’s character just screams Sam Elliot to me.
According to Avengers News, the word “lead” is important when it comes to negotiations:
We mention a “lead” role because these bigger actors often won’t sign “retainers”, meaning everything should be 100% locked (character, film, etc) for Josh once he’s signed the dotted line.
Interesting. No word yet as to what Joss Whedon has to say about casting, if anything. It would be nice to see The Avengers cast and director choices firmed up over the summer.
What do you think?
Via: Avengers News
You read it here, well, probably not first exactly, but it looks like Joss Whedon *will* be directing the upcoming Avengers movie!
According to both Entertainment Weekly and Deadline New York, Whedon is in final negotiations with Marvel to direct the multi-hero adaptation that’s due out in May 2012. This means that he will not be directing the Runaways as had been previously reported, that role has been given to Pete Sollett. The movie will bring together Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Helmsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury as well as introducing some of Marvel’s second tier heroes for the first time.
I am so happy for Joss and excited for all of us. I think Whedon is a great choice for this movie, he’s great at directing ensemble pieces, he’s a master at balancing humour and drama and no one writes better snappy dialogue than he does. He’s also great at coaxing strong performances out of weaker actors.
I cannot wait to see who else will be joining the cast and in what capacity.
Say it with me now, you know you want to:
Update: Variety is now on board as well. They are also saying that Edward Norton might be returning as The Hulk as well. *Snoopy Dance*
IESB is claiming that beloved geek director JOSS WHEDON is at the top of the list of potential directors for The Avengers movie.
Yes, we know, April Fools Day jokes are going up faster than Jesse James can Heil Hitler, but we’ve got some real news to throw into the mix, so THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS DAY JOKE, real news!!
Oh please! Oh please! OH PLEASE!
The article continues:
Whedon, who was previously writing and directing WB’s long gestating Wonder Woman film, has a history with the Marvel brand as a comic book writer. His run of the Astonishing X-Men was one of Marvel’s best selling lines and was nominated for several Eisner Awards. He was also the second writer on the Runaways line for Marvel and wrote short stories for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man.
This would be perfect. Joss is currently finishing off Cabin in the Woods, which stars Chris Hemsworth aka The God of Thunder – Thor, so they will have a working relationship. He knows the material and the characters inside and out. He’s also brilliant. What more can we say?
I hope this rumor turns out to be true. There’s acknowledgement at Whedonesque, but no confirmation.