Recently continuing Bourne’s legacy to mixed results, Jeremy Renner seems to be one of Hollywood’s go-to stars. He’ll next shoot David O. Russell‘s upcoming untitled drama with Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams, but outside of that nothing else has been confirmed. However, we do have a strong possibility, after being rumored nearly a year-and-a-half ago, the actor has finally opened up about a Steve McQueen biopic he’s also producing.
Speaking with NZ City, he expressed his excitement on the project which will take a look at the Hollywood icon’s life based on Marshall Terrill’s novels Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. While he didn’t update if his Lowlife director James Gray completed the latest draft, or if commercial director Ivan Zacharias was still set to make his directorial debut, he did say, “I think he’s an icon. I’ve seen quite a few of his movies and I just thought he would be a really interesting guy to explore.”
In terms of what exactly will be focused on he added, “the film will be more a slice of life rather than an entire life, but we’re still figuring it out. I can’t wait to jump into it.” It’ll be a struggle though, as Renner admitted, “biopics are really tough – it’s hard to tell someone’s life story in two hours. He was a walking dichotomy: the most stingy and frugal person, and then the most giving. And his upbringing was interesting.
It sounds like it’ll at least take a look at McQueen’s adolescence, growing up in a single parent household in Indiana, before he kicked off an acting career in New York City. There’s no telling how much more it will tell, but with this new information don’t expect a life-spanning story. While it still sounds like it’s in the early stages, we’re looking forward to seeing what Renner delivers in both his producing debut and stepping into the shoes of one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.
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