If Jeremy Renner Doesn’t Bag A Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ He May Reteam With Scarlett Johansson On Broadway

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by Edward Davis
April 5, 2012 6:23 PM
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Yesterday the Hollywood Reporter released its cover story on Jeremy Renner. Three years ago the now-41 year old actor had toiled away in Hollywood obscurity, until he bagged his first Academy Award nomination for “The Hurt Locker” and at a time when barely anyone knew who he was.

Fast forward to 2012, and he’s going to be the new lead in Universal’s ‘Bourne’ franchise (the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy”), he’s going to be in one of the summer’s most-anticipated superhero films (“The Avengers”) and he’s juggling both tentpole gigs (“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”) and artier fare (projects with James Gray that include one the filmmaker has already wrapped and another he is writing).

A lengthy profile, one learns lots of facts, such as Renner recently lost his beloved French bulldog, has earned the praise and respect of the suffers-no-fools-gladly director Tony Gilroy, was paid $5 million for “The Bourne Legacy.” Naturally signed on for two more films, he could potentially earn as much as $20 million if it goes to three films, much like his predecessor Matt Damon.

Another little nugget in the article confirms that he’s up for a role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming southern gothic drama “The Counselor” written by celebrated author Cormac McCarthy. However if he doesn’t get the gig, he’s evidently considering joining his “Avengers” co-star Scarlett Johansson on Broadway for a new adaptation of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.” One of Tennessee Williams' best known works, audiences likely remember the 1958 film adaptation, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives. Presumably Renner and Johannson would be taking the roles that Newman and Taylor inhabited; that of an alcoholic ex-football player who drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. The return and reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. Asking who would play Big Daddy is getting ahead of ourselves, but presumably it could be some pretty great stage-acting fireworks with any number of excellent older actors.

We’d be lying if we said we’d rather see Renner on Broadway before we saw him on screen in “The Counselor” (we are a film blog, not a Broadway one after all), but as of right now the only locked-in actor is the lead Michael Fassbender who next appears in Scott’s “Prometheus.” Others in contention for various roles include Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Renner and Natalie Portman. Either way, he'll probably have his answer soon, as Scott's movie begins shooting in June.

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15 Comments

  • padre | April 6, 2012 8:53 PMReply

    I don't care how angry it makes the nerds, Bow and Arrow guy always makes me laugh. He's the Aquaman of the Avengers, only more useless.

  • art vandelay | April 6, 2012 7:21 AMReply

    it's weird to think that renner and bardem are up for the same role.i mean there completely diffrent in terms of physicality and style.

  • Mass | April 6, 2012 4:10 AMReply

    I prefer him for the role of Reiner than Bardem. Bardem seems like a real uninspired choice to me. I would have preferred Joaquin Phoenix for the role though. When I was reading the screenplay, he was the perfect person I could picture as the character.

    I'm not exactly happy that Scott is directing the picture though, to be honest. His style bugs me for whatever reason. I hope he takes a much more SUBTLE approach with this film, without drowning the entire film out with cheesy/corny soundtrack music playing in the background every other scene.

    McCarthy is my favorite living author, and when the news broke that he wrote a spec and sold it, I was VERY excited. I was thinking Hillcoat, Andrew Dominick, or Todd Field would Direct it. Hope Scott takes his time with this. We'll see.

  • dave | April 7, 2012 12:21 PM

    Macatae, are those the only two options? Ridley Scott and Disney? There's a lot more to choose from in grown-up films than Ridley Scott. Unless you consider Hillcoat, Dominick, and Todd Field "Disney fare."

  • macatae | April 6, 2012 12:47 PM

    Your disdain of master director Ridley Scott leaves me thinking you should stop watching grown up films and stick to disney fare. But then since you are such an authority on the art maybe its just me....... Ridley is perfect for directing any of Cormacs material, still hope he makes Blood Meridian.

  • Oogle monster | April 6, 2012 5:33 AM

    Todd Field really needs to step back into the director's chair.

  • jingmei | April 6, 2012 3:52 AMReply

    More and more realize Jeremy Renner is a hot dude indeed.

  • shark | April 6, 2012 1:42 AMReply

    Oh my god, Renner in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof would be fantastic.

  • DL | April 6, 2012 8:27 AM

    It would, but I can't help but think Renner as Stanley in Streetcar would be even better. Someone get a revival of that going, stat! ;)

  • Oogle monster | April 5, 2012 10:38 PMReply

    Didn't the Natalie Portman fan club president dude confirm that Nat Po (yep, I just went there) is not in talks to join The Counselor?

  • Kate | April 5, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    Seems odd that there hasn't been any other casting for The Counselor in the last month and a half. Does the role of Reiner require Spanish-language skills? Maybe Bardem's schedule is iffy and Renner is the back-up.

  • meme | April 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    Nope, it doesn't demand Spanish language.

  • rollo tomasi | April 5, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    i hope he gets the counselor

  • Oogle monster | April 6, 2012 3:32 AM

    I hope he gets $20 mil

  • dave | April 5, 2012 9:31 PM

    I hope he does Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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