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Jeremy Renner To Produce And Star In Rally Racing Movie Slingshot

Back in April, after Jeremy Renner was first offered the lead role in Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, our own Katey Rich wrote an editorial pleading with Hollywood not to overexpose one of the best actors working today (two Oscar nominations in two years isn't easy). Sadly it doesn't seem to have worked. Since that day Renner has been mentioned in connection to a Steve McQueen biopic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Hilary Swank's You’re Not You. And he isn't through yet.

Variety reports that Jeremy Renner has inked a deal to both star in and produce a film called Slingshot. The film will tell the true story of rally racer Bill Caswell, who entered and placed third in the Mexico round of the World Rally Championship with a $500 1991 BMW 318i that he found on Craigslist. Don Handfield, who has also signed on as a producer, will write the screenplay (Renner and Handfield are also working together on the aforementioned McQueen flick). Renner will next be seen in Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, but has a full 2012 that includes Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Avengers in addition to Ice Age and Bourne.

It's hard to blame Renner for seizing the moment and grabbing every opportunity he can. The man has worked incredibly hard to get where he is today and has earned every single bit of praise that has been offered to him. That said, there's nothing wrong with cooling your jets a little.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.