April 29th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
He starred in "The Hurt Locker" and will appear in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," but now Jeremy Renner is about to play the ultimate rugged leading man in a new biopic about screen legend Steve McQueen.
Renner's recently formed production company, The Combine, is developing the project, which is based on the books "Portrait of an American Rebel" and "The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As McQueen fans know, the tough-guy actor was a troubled youth who spent time in reform schools before turning his life around and carving out a successful movie career, appearing in such classics as "Bullitt" and "The Thomas Crown Affair," and earning an Oscar nomination and two Golden Globe Henrietta Awards. The thrice-married actor died from mesothelioma in 1980 at age 50.
A release date for the McQueen biopic has yet to be announced.
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