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Report: Hailee Steinfeld eyed for ‘Hawkeye’ role

Looks like Hailee Steinfeld is in Marvel and Disney's crosshairs.

Looks like Disney and Marvel have found themselves a Hawkeye.

According to a report by entertainment news website Variety, Oscar-nominated actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld has been offered the lead role in the upcoming Hawkeye series at the Disney+ streaming platform.

The limited series, set to air on the later part of 2021, will see Jeremy Renner reprising the role of the titular hero he played through multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the most recent being Avengers: Endgame. According to reports which surfaced during this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Renner’s Clint Barton / Hawkeye will serve as a mentor to Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, a teenaged character in the comic books who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Barton.

Kate Bishop gets Captain America’s blessing to use the Hawkeye codename in this panel from Young Avengers. | IMAGE via MARVEL COMICS

Renner spoke about Kate Bishop’s role in the upcoming series during the Marvel Phase 4 reveal at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, saying she’s “the best Hawkeye… and I get to teach someone else how to be a superhero without superpowers.”

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in a still from Avengers: Endgame. | IMAGE via MARVEL STUDIOS

First introduced in Young Avengers #1 by writer Allan Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung, Kate Bishop is the third character and first female to take the Hawkeye name, after Barton of Avengers fame, and Wyatt McDonald of the Squadron Supreme. 

In comic book continuity, Kate Bishop is a highly-skilled teenage athlete and martial artist, who, despite her lack of superpowers, later becomes a founding member of the new superhero team Young Avengers.

Should Steinfeld accept Disney and Marvel’s offer, Hawkeye would mark her second superhero role within the Marvel universe, having previously provided the voice for Gwen Stacy / Spider Woman in 2018’s critically-acclaimed animated movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Steinfeld’s other film outings include her breakout role as Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ remake of the Western True Grit. She is also known for starring in films such as The Edge of Seventeen, Bumblebee, and  the Pitch Perfect musical-comedy franchise.

Thirteen Reasons Why and Love, Simon alum Katherine Langford was previously reported to be in the running for the role.

Mad Men writer Jonathan Igla is attached to write and executive produce the series.

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