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

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.