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Published On: Sun, May 1st, 2011

Jeremy Renner planning to star in Steve McQueen biopic

Jeremy Renner is now considering developing a Steve McQueen biopic that will serve as a starring vehicle for the Hurt Locker actor.

James Gray, who wrote and directed We Own the Night, is attached to write the McQueen screenplay, which will be based on the two books by Marshall Terrill: Portrait of an American Rebeland The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon.

Video director Ivan Zacharias is attached to make his directorial debut on the project, according to THR.

Jeremy Renner continues his march toward Hollywood domination.

The two-time Oscar nominee is partnered with Don Handfield, working to produce films under the name The Combine. Joining the pair for the McQueen project will be producer Greg Shapiro, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (one of the producers of Black Swan), and Zacharias’ producing partner Nick Landon.

The THR article noted that “Renner seems like a great fit for the iconic ’70s star, with the right rugged looks and all-man attitude (even if his reputation isn’t as messy as McQueen’s). But the project is in the development stage and Renner, who’s become one of the most sought-after and busiest actors in Hollywood since his back-to-back Oscar nominations for Hurt Locker and The Town, has plenty on his plate to keep him occupied until it’s ready.”

Next up for Renner is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol alongside Tom Cruise, is currently filming Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters for Paramount and will then join the ensemble cast for Marvel’s The Avengers, which just got under way in New Mexico with Joss Whedon directing.

Renner has offered a chance to follow Matt Damon and star in The Bourne Legacy for Universal, which would shoot in the fall, and then he may next go into Sheldon Turner’s By Virtue Fall in February.

Additionally, he just signed on to lend his voice for Fox’s latest installment of the Ice Age animated franchise.

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