Jeremy Renner Says He Definitely Won't Be Playing Hawkeye

December 30, 2009
Source: Movieline

Jeremy Renner / Hawkeye

At the end of November, about a month back, The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner revealed that he had been talking with the guys at Marvel about playing the superhero character Hawkeye in their upcoming Thor and Avengers movies. It seemed all a bit sketchy to begin with, even though Renner had been quoted as saying: "Hawkeye could be interesting. They're going to send me some stuff on it." But it turns out it was all just an idea that never turned into a reality and all of the early discussion about it may have even killed it in the end. Renner gave an update to Movieline in a new interview, explaining what happened with Marvel.

"That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things — they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that they're thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there's truth that we talked about it, but there's no truth to me doing it."

Well damn, I was actually looking forward to potentially seeing Renner play Hawkeye. Not that we ever really thought it would happen, considering that Renner mostly cleared up the details some five days after that news first hit. At that point, though, he only explained that they were considering putting in Hawkeye in but were hesitant because they hadn't hired a director for The Avengers movie yet and didn't want to hire one and already have almost the entire cast in place. But it sounds like, for the time being, Hawkeye won't appear in any Marvel movies. And if he does, he probably won't be played by Jeremy Renner unfortunately.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


too bad Renner would have made a good Hawkeye.

Xerxer on Dec 30, 2009


True #1! Renner would have been a good Hawkeye. But you never a year or two, when The Avengers rolls around we will be having this same conversation again!

Ron on Dec 30, 2009


he doesn't say anything about being opposed to the idea...I'm sure he's in negotiations with Marvel like they did with Sam Jackson...with the Hurt Locker's success and possible Oscar race they'd be crazy not to hire him....both Thor & Captain America are coming out in 2011 so they have over a year to actually put Hawkeye in the films...

Christopher Marc on Dec 30, 2009


who cares about this, we want to know who plays captain america and nothing else from marvel until this announcement.

Spencer on Dec 30, 2009


Marvel blows. Renner should hold out for The Flash rather play second banana to other characters. He's be a great Wally West or even a Barry Allen.

In-Rainbows on Dec 30, 2009


With a name like In-Rainbows, it's pretty clear who "blows" out of Marvel and yourself, dick cheese brain.

Random Poster on Dec 31, 2009


Guess you're not a Radiohead fan, but considering your incoherent defense of Marvel and your homophobic trolling its really not a surprise. Happy New Year!

In-Rainbows on Dec 31, 2009


its funny how two websites can have the same quote and come to two different conclusions. filmschoolrejects came to the conclusion that it still might be possible that Renner plays Hawkeye

JMoney on Dec 31, 2009


#8 I know what you mean Alex took a big leap with his headline..if anything it's to get more attention to the site and the article..if anyone read what Renner said he doesn't really say anything...he's just confirming it's not official

Christopher M on Dec 31, 2009


#8 - Yea, I know, I saw their article. But it's the opposite for me. I don't know how you could read that quote and think he's still potentially playing Hawkeye?! And no, they don't know more than I do, they're basing their belief off of that quote. He says "but there's no truth to me doing it." That's a pretty definite no. Unless Marvel changes their mind two years down the road?

Alex Billington on Dec 31, 2009


This is the kind of news that breaks my heart.Renner is a good actor and i see him fit for the role.

Fisherr on Jan 1, 2010


It couldn't be the avengers without hawkeye

Duck on Jan 2, 2010

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