Jeremy Renner Close to Being Hawkeye in The Avengers, Neal McDonough is Dum Dum Dugan

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Two major casting news for ya today, both on Marvel Studios films: Deadline says Neal McDonough (Buck Compton from the fantastic “Band of Brothers”) is in talks to play Dum Dum Dugan (above) in Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Meanwhile, THR reports that Jeremy Renner is in “final negotiations” to play Hawkeye in the upcoming “The Avengers” movie, which is no real surprise, since Renner has been associated with the role for the last couple of years now, it seems.

For Renner (below), joining “The Avengers” will mean co-starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Don Cheadle as War Machine. The last part, with War Machine, comes from THR again, and I’m not sure if they automatically added his name because he was in “Iron Man 2″, or if they’ve gotten confirmation that War Machine will indeed make an appearance in the Joss Whedon-directed “The Avengers”. If so, then we’re looking at a pretty stacked cast here for the big-budget superhero movie.

As for “Captain America” and Neal McDonough, the actor will be joining Evans as Captain America, and with McDonough’s Dum Dum Dugan in the movie, it seems pretty obvious that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is also going to be making an appearance. Besides Evans and Jackson, “Captain America” will co-star Hugo Weaving as bad guy The Red Skull, Sebastian Stan as Cap’s sidekick Bucky, and Hayley Atwell as love interest Peggy Carter.

“Captain America” is scheduled for 2011 with Chris Hemsworth’s “Thor”, while “The Avengers” follows in their footsteps in 2012.

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  • ULIK

    YEAHHHH!!! Very good news! With these heavy hitters,Chris Evans will be under so much pressure that he will have no choice but to put on the best performance of his life

  • my sleep number is 50

    dear chris evans, you suck, please try not to ruin these movies

  • indi

    chris evan's dont suck that bad. anyways the avengers would be stallones expendibles.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Evan's is a decent actor, he just gets pigeonholed into comedic parts. Watch “Sunshine” for a better look at his dramtic skills.

    I think Mcdonugh will be a perfect Dugan, and Renner as Hawkeye is awesome as we've all said. And if War Machine is in The Avengers that'd be sick, but I think he should start working for S.H.E.I.L.D. and be a liason to the team as well.

    I doubt Sam will be Fury in the Cap flick unless done in a flash forward scene at the end, as he'd be in his 20's/30's around the time. Granted he uses a deaging serum to keep him young, but I don't know about him being the age he is now. I know it won't happen but I think Tyrese would make a great young Fury.

  • My sleep number is 50

    i was very excited about the marvel film universe they have created, with nortons hulk and iron man but no matter how much i try i can not see evans as cap, cap demands respect and takes no guff, evans is the king of guff! push = awful, ff1 and 2 = awful, sunshine = eh, i have a feeling cap is going to act more like wally west than steve rogers in 2011

  • hooligan03

    I agree with dedpool about Mcdonugh playing Dugan. I think he is a phenomenal actor and will put a lot of pressure on evans to perform well.

  • Strokeme

    So I guess they're going to leave out “The Vision” who was always one of my favorite Avengers for years….. great.

  • Strokeme

    So I guess they're going to leave out “The Vision” who was always one of my favorite Avengers for years….. great.