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Hailee Steinfeld in talks for Disney+ Hawkeye series

True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld

Story by Jack Foley

HAILEE Steinfeld is in talks to join Disney+‘s new Hawkeye series.

The actor is in being eyed to play Kate Bishop, a young hero trained by Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton to fight crime with the help of a bow and arrow.

In the comics, her character debuted in 2005’s Young Avengers No. 1 and was created by Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung.

She started out as an amateur athlete who later joined the Young Avengers, a group of teen heroes inspired by the Avengers.

Bishop quickly established herself as a fan favourite who became known for her athletic smarts and sarcastic personality. She went on to star in the critically-acclaimed 2012 Hawkeye comic book, which saw her train under Barton.

Eventually, she took up his mantle and top-lined the 2017 Hawkeye series.

Steinfeld, who earned an Oscar nomination and was launched to stardom with 2010’s True Grit, also headlined the successful Transformers spin-off Bumblebee last year.

She also became a member of the Marvel family last year, when she voiced Spider-Gwen in the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is part of Sony’s separate universe based on Spider-Man characters.

The Hawkeye series is expected to be ready to make its debut on Disney+ in autumn 2021 and is one of multiple Disney+ series in the works at Marvel Studios starring its big-screen talent, including Falcon & The Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki.

Marvel is also planning to introduce new heroes to headline future Disney+ shows, with She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms Marvel also in the works.

Former Mad Men writer Jonathan Igla will write and executive produce Hawkeye.

The only potential stumbling block in Steinfeld’s casting is that she is also committed to starring in another new series, Dickinson, for rival streaming service Apple, who – according to The Hollywood Reporter – have not cleared the actress for anything as yet.

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