Renner To Play Hawkeye in The Avengers
The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner will star as Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in Marvel’s The Avengers, due to be released in 2012. At the San Diego Comic-Con, Renner was introduced to the Marvel stage by Robert Downey Jr. to join his fellow Avengers cast members.
Downey Jr., who will play Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) in the film, also introduced Mark Ruffalo, who will be playing the role of Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk), taking over from Ed Norton. The Avengers will be directed by Joss Whedon, best known for creating sci-fi show Firefly (and movie spin-off Serenity) and more recently Dollhouse.
The all-star ensemble cast also includes Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Could too many cooks spoil the broth?
Downey Jr. quipped that The Avengers will usurp Inception as the most ambitious movie ever made, while Whedon – who also wrote the script – claimed he had always dreamed of making an Avengers movie, “but my dream was never this good!”