Jeremy Renner to play movie icon Steve McQueen
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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  1. Kevin

    A little harsh, Kev, you think?

    May 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin Lloyd Pursley

    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)

    May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Anya

      I think his grandson Steven R. McQueen should play him at least in the younger years

      December 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stephen

    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

    May 12, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. RZ

    Woo hoo, Jeremy Renner rocks and will do the King of Cool justice!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jody W

    Good Luck on that. Steve McQueen was an icon in his time. Nobody will do him justice.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superhiro

    Rub my weenie and we can have s@*!!But you have to be gay!!

    May 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superhiro

    Rub my weenie and we can have s@*!!

    May 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony Bada-Bing

    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'.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      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.

      May 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      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.

      May 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superhiro

    I am a ho who eats all day on the couch with Billie Joe Armstrong.Kiss my azz.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ernie

    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.

    April 30, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      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.

      May 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      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)

      May 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PhilG.


    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.

    April 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bookenz

    Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson were the coolest guys EVER.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Dook of Westminister

    IF you would spend more time playing with thingies and licking on stuff you wouldnt get offended so easily. You stuff eater !

    April 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. suzanne

    Personally i love mustard, catsup, and pickle relish rubbed on my weenies.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. suzanne

    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.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ???

    CNN, do something about these disgusting postings.

    April 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. STLrose

    To bunny: sorry .. should of used spell check.. not that
    The correct phrase is "should have used." Pot. Kettle. Black.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. sure thing

    never heard of him.
    he must not be that famous

    April 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bunny

      is ignorance in your family heriditary or has in just inflicked you

      April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bunny

      sorry .. should of used spell check.. not that you would even notice

      is ignorance in your family hereditary or has in just inflicted you

      April 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This is the third Entertainment Section article "unSURE of himself THING" has posted this exact message. Absolutely crying for attention. How pathetic, right?

      April 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nigel Tufnel

      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.

      April 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

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