Jeremy Renner, who Avengers fans will know as Hawkeye, is trading in his bow and arrow for a rifle in the upcoming John Henry “Doc” Holliday biopic.
According to Deadline, PalmStar media have picked up the rights to Mary Doria Russell’s books, Doc and Epitaph: A Novel Of The O.K Corral. PalmStar’s CEO Kevin Frakes will produce the film along with Renner and Don Handfield’s production company, The Combine.
In the 19th century, Doc Holliday was a dentist in Dallas who discovered a talent for gambling. After ending up in Tombstone, Arizona in 1880, Holliday befriended Wyatt Earp and joined him in the famous gunfight at the O.K Corral. Eventually, the gunslinger succumbed to tuberculosis in 1887.
“We are excited to re-introduce this classic American character to a whole new audience by chronicling Doc Holliday’s incredible transformation from average Joe dentist to a man who Wyatt Earp called the ‘nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun [he] ever knew,’” Renner and Handfield said in a joint statement.
“Jeremy Renner as Doc Holliday… f*cking awesome,” Frakes added.
Previously, the gambling gunman and occasional dentist has been played by Kirk Douglas (Gunfight at the O.K Corral), Val Kilmer (Tombstone) and Dennis Quaid (Wyatt Earp).
Renner is no stranger to a western film, though, having starred alongside Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The actor has also proved he’s capable of a lead role, scoring a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Hurt Locker.
While we eagerly await more Doc Holliday details, Renner and his Avengers co-star Elizabeth Olsen are starring in the new thriller Wind River which is set to be released later this year.