April 29th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
Jeremy Renner to play movie icon Steve McQueen
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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A little harsh, Kev, you think?
I would not mind watching a movie about McQueen, but I don't think this d bag can pull it off. ( d-bag ; anyone who thinks they are the right choice to play Steve)
I think his grandson Steven R. McQueen should play him at least in the younger years
A lot of people has died because of this, with this people need to care for it in time because life is the greatest in everything
Woo hoo, Jeremy Renner rocks and will do the King of Cool justice!
Good Luck on that. Steve McQueen was an icon in his time. Nobody will do him justice.
Rub my weenie and we can have s@*!!But you have to be gay!!
Rub my weenie and we can have s@*!!
I think this guy is a good actor but I think Daniel Craig bears a much, much closer resemblance to Steve McQueen. I'm just sayin'.
I agree. Just watched the Bullitt chase scene and if they put part of that into this biopic, I could really only picture Craig driving the Stang.
Hadn't thought of Craig – great idea. Since it is Renner's production company I think he'll have the inside track though! I can see Renner in the part in any event.
I am a ho who eats all day on the couch with Billie Joe Armstrong.Kiss my azz.
There's no way that Jeremy Renner can play "Steve McQueen" al little known fact "Steve McQueen" did all his own stunts, drove all the cars, rode all the motorcycles. Jeremy Renner is not capable of doing of it. He will never be Steve McQueen on the silver screen, if and when the movie is made i don't think a lot people are going to see it. There aer a lot of people who weren't even born when "Steve McQueen" was aliive. Only the baby boomer remember him.
Steve McQueen did a lot of his own stunts, but his famous Great Escape jump was performed by Bud Ekins. Just giving him credit where credit is due.
Also, later on in Bullitt, Edkins doubled for McQueen for some of the driving sequences after McQueen missed a turn which was eventually put in the film. (ie: the famous burning rubber while reversing scene in the chase)
Steve McQueen was a one of a kind human being.
Steve fought all his life- first to leave behind the forces trying to destroy him from the inside and then to fight the forces that tried to limit him from the outside.
Jeremy is a great actor but NOT THE GUY to play Steve McQueen.
McQueen lived his life like a man on a rocket sled always stomping on the throttle to go faster.
If you do this Jeremy -GET IT RIGHT.
Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson were the coolest guys EVER.
IF you would spend more time playing with thingies and licking on stuff you wouldnt get offended so easily. You stuff eater !
Personally i love mustard, catsup, and pickle relish rubbed on my weenies.
How is a hot dog offensive ? They are an american tradition. Have you rver watched the Nathans HotDog weenie eating contest on the 4th of July? If you dont like hotdog weenies then you are just unamericaan.
CNN, do something about these disgusting postings.
To bunny: sorry .. should of used spell check.. not that
The correct phrase is "should have used." Pot. Kettle. Black.
never heard of him.
he must not be that famous
is ignorance in your family heriditary or has in just inflicked you
sorry .. should of used spell check.. not that you would even notice
is ignorance in your family hereditary or has in just inflicted you
This is the third Entertainment Section article "unSURE of himself THING" has posted this exact message. Absolutely crying for attention. How pathetic, right?
So funny! You posted the same thing on the article about January Jones. You are quite the original! I'll bet you get invited to loads of parties.