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The Hawkeye news just keeps on coming! Shortly after the MCU-set Jeremy Renner series was confirmed to include Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, a slew of other stars have been announced to appear in Hawkeye. Viewers can count on seeing another existing Marvel star courtesy of the upcoming Black Widow movie, a Better Call Saul familiar face, and more notable names when the show premieres.
Check out who's on the way, according to Variety, to join Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in Hawkeye, and keep on reading for what we know so far about their roles!
These casting announcements come after a long news dry spell when little was known or confirmed about Hawkeye other than that it was in the works to continue the story of an arguably underrated Avenger with Jeremy Renner as star, especially compared to all the news surrounding WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which had already entered production.
Florence Pugh, who received an Oscar nomination for her role as Amy March in 2019 for Little Women, will reprise her role as Black Widow’s assassin/spy Yelena Belova, although Black Widow has yet to debut as a feature film due to delays. Black Widow is currently expected to premiere in May 2021, with Hawkeye presumably hitting Disney+ afterward at some point.
Tony Dalton is likely best known for his Better Call Saul role as Lalo Salamanca, and he’ll play a Hawkeye character who has yet to appear in the MCU. Called Jack Duquesne and presumably an adaptation of a Marvel Comics character known as Swordsman, he was an early mentor to Hawkeye. Considering Dalton, age 45, is actually younger than 49-year-old Jeremy Renner, Dalton will presumably appear via flashback if he is playing Hawkeye’s mentor, unless he will serve as a mentor to Kate rather than Clint.
Vera Farmiga is another Oscar-nominated actress to join Hawkeye, thanks to her role in Up in the Air (2009), and played a haunting character in A&E’s Bates Motel opposite Freddie Highmore. Her character will have a key connection to Kate Bishop, playing her mother Eleanor Bishop for Hawkeye.
Fra Fee is a Les Miserables (now available streaming on Netflix) alum who likely won’t be bursting into miserable song for Hawkeye, although not much is confirmed about his new MCU role. He is playing a character currently known only as Kazi; the name is presumably short for a Marvel Comics villain named Kazimierz Kazimierczak, known on the pages of comics as Clown.
Alaqua Cox is a newcomer to television, and her debut role could be a big one. She plays Maya Lopez, a.k.a. Marvel Comics’ Echo, who is a deaf Native American with the ability to perfectly copy the movements of another person. Assuming the show follows the same path, she could be at the center of some serious action.
Finally, we have Zahn McClarnon, known for Fargo, Westworld, and Doctor Sleep, among others. He will play a character by the name of William Lopez for Hawkeye, who is expected to be the MCU version of Marvel Comics Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln, who also happens to be Maya’s father.
And there we have the confirmed cast members who will join Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld for the upcoming show! It's possible that more announcements are on the way, but this is actually a more thorough cast list than might have been expected from a Marvel show, especially compared to WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Hawkeye has started production in New York, which resulted in Steinfeld's role as Kate Bishop hitting the web, so perhaps getting ahead of potential spoilers was the best way to go.
Hawkeye will join plenty of other Marvel content on Disney+, including some original series once WandaVision premieres in January 2021, hopefully followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier later in the year. For some additional upcoming viewing options, be sure to check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.