Someone’s going to be a busy dude with all the films he has coming out in the coming years and franchises he’s part of. Jeremy Renner, who’ll next be seen in “The Avengers” as Hawkeye and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” has just been cast to star in an adaptation of J. North Conway’s nonfiction novel King of Heists.
Getting back in bank robber mode (after starring in Ben Affleck’s “The Town”), Renner will play George Leslie, who came to New York appearing to be a mannered gent, but secretly put together a crew and masterminded a heist of nearly $3 million in cash and securities from the Manhattan Savings Institution in 1878.
Here’s the book’s official synopsis via Amazon:
King of Heists is a spellbinding and unprecedented account of the greatest bank robbery in American history, which took place on October 27, 1878, when thieves broke into the Manhattan Savings Institution and stole nearly $3 million in cash and securities—around $50 million in today’s terms. Bringing the notorious Gilded Age to life in a thrilling narrative, J. North Conway tells the story of those who plotted and carried out this infamous robbery, how they did it, and how they were tracked down and captured. The robbery was planned to the minutest detail by criminal mastermind George Leonidas Leslie—a society architect and ladies’ man whose double life as the nation’s most prolific bank robber led him to be dubbed the “King of the Bank Robbers.”
Will Staples, who recently sold the science fiction pitch “Myth” to Fox with Sam Worthington attached and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and James Cameron producing, wrote the screenplay for “King of Heists”.
Additional upcoming projects from Renner include starring opposite Gemma Arterton in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “The Bourne Legacy”.