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When it comes to dropping a dime to ensure its Star Wars and Marvel shows have the greatest chance at success on Disney+, the House of Mouse isn't fooling around. Disney may have found the lead actress for the upcoming Jeremy Renner-starring Hawkeye series, and if reports are true, she'll be played by an Oscar-nominated actress. Specifically, it's being reported that True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld has been offered the opportunity to play Kate Bishop in the limited series, and possibly much more.
Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop is more commonly known as the new Hawkeye who will take up the mantle following Clint Barton stepping down from the Avengers persona. Based on what we know about the MCU-intertwined series so far, it tracks that Jeremy Renner's Barton will pass the mantle onto Steinfeld's Bishop in the Disney+ series. While Variety didn't report on the terms of the deal being offered to her, it's being presumed by many that this role will include appearances in future films set within the MCU.
That would make sense considering a bulk of Hailee Steinfeld's Hollywood experience comes from the world of film, and not television. If she accepts the role of Kate Bishop, Hawkeye will be the second television series that she'd be joining, with the other being Apple's upcoming series Dickinson. While it's true that the trend of actors and actresses being strictly television or movie talents is diminishing, Steinfeld's rare television credits may indicate this role comes with future roles in Avengers films and other MCU features.
This would be great news for Disney, which lost some of its key Marvel stars following Avengers: Endgame. Then there's the ongoing dispute with Sony that lost Marvel Studios access to Tom Holland's Spider-Man, so adding Steinfeld to the MCU would be a casting that bulks up a cast that's only been thinning as of late. The only real downside of this casting is that future scheduling obligations may stand in the way of Universal's plans for a Bumblebee sequel, but that's not guaranteed.
In terms of the casting itself, it's hard to imagine there are any Marvel fans unenthused about seeing Hailee Steinfeld play Kate Bishop. This is one of those castings that really nails the look of the in the comics, so fingers crossed nothing wonky stands in the way of bringing this deal to a close. If it does, well perhaps Marvel can ring up Katherine Langford and see if she's ready for another chance at being in the MCU?
Hawkeye is headed to Disney+, which is set to premiere Tuesday, November 12. Stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on what's happening with the upcoming streaming service, and for all the latest news in television and movies.