Average film fans don’t know actor Jeremy Renner very well yet…
Even though he was nominated for best actor in the hit movie HURT LOCKER, nobody much saw him as the next new Hollywood god. Well, somebody sure noticed because Renner followed with smash hit THE TOWN with Ben Affleck and now he’s becoming the man in Hollywood.
Just over a year ago I had lunch at Warners/Malpaso with Rob Lorenz, the director who has agreed to do KING OF STING. Just after that meeting Rob did TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE starring Clint Eastwood (out this September).
Rob and I kicked around actors names for the two lead roles in KOS that Eric Eisner and I will produce and Rob mentioned Renner at that time. I had just seen the TOWN and loved it, but I thought Renner was too small for the role of Don Woodbeck, my older partner in the stings. Then Rob pointed out that Jeremy was about to be crowned king of Hollywood’s biggest films.
He was right.
I’d had my eye on the co-star of The TOWN, Jon Hamm for the role of Woodbeck.
Today Renner is the only A List superstar in the Hollywood tradition.
He’s the new lead in the Mission Impossible movies replacing Tom Cruise (age 50). He’s taking over the BOURNE series from Matt Damon, who oddly is the same age as Renner (41). He’s even one of The AVENGERS.
My God, Renner’s got it all.
Finally we have a new star replacing Cruise and Brad Pitt.
Cruise and Pitt replaced Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood who had replaced Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.
With so many bad movies and too many TENT POLE (big budget movies with no real plot or acting needed) the day of the movie star has been fading. Sure we’ve had some nice stars like Jason Stratham, Chris Pine and of course superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. But nobody really quite had the star power of Cruise or Pitt – not quite.
And there really are no superstar female actors now.
What that really means is their name on the marquee equals big time butts in seats. In some movies Angelina Jolie is that female star, but for action movies only. Leo and Depp are huge stars, but it also depends on the movie type. Stars like Newman and McQueen meant box office gold for almost any picture they had their names on.
Leo in HOOVER or Depp in several oddball movies couldn’t draw on just their stardom.
Now Hollywood says Jeremy Renner is the MAN and it sure looks that way so far.
Hey Jeremy, if we get KING OF STING going after Lorenz next picture, well you get it. I’m glad to see Hollywood isn’t quite dead yet.
And yes, I am aware that Cruise, Pitt, Pine, Depp and crew will continue to do quite well. But Renner is the new HUGE thing that’s been missing for like a decade.