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Florence Pugh, Vera Farmiga, More Added To New 'Hawkeye' Series

Marvel and Disney have yet to confirm Hailee Steinfeld's involvement.

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'Hawkeye' [Marvel Studios/Disney]

The cast of the new Marvel series Hawkeye is coming together quite nicely. Marvel and Disney have announced a slew of Hollywood heavyweights that will play major roles on the new Disney+ show. As first reported by Variety, Florence Pugh, Vera Farmiga, and four others are set to join the series.


Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, American Hustle, The Hurt Locker) will reprise his role of Hawkeye from Marvel Studios' blockbuster Avengers film series on the small screen.


Production has begun in New York and Atlanta with Jonathan Igla (Mad Men) attached as a writer and executive producer.


In addition to Pugh and Farmiga, other notable castings include Tony Dalton, Alaqua Cox, Fra Fee, and Zahn McClarnon.


Perhaps the biggest casting question in the series (and one fans are most exited about) is Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. Her rumored involvement has been praised by many, but Marvel and Disney have yet to officially confirm her signing on to the project.


Farmiga is attached to play the role of Eleanor Bishop, the mother of Kate Bishop. Nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Up In The Air with George Clooney, Farmiga is also known for her stellar performance in the A&E horror drama Bates Motel. She also had roles in The Departed, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and The Judge.


Farmiga will also appear in two upcoming Warner Bros. projects - The Many Saints of Newark and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. In an unprecedented move announced yesterday, both films will be released in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously along with the studio's entire 2021 slate.


Pugh will reprise her role as Yelena Bova, a spy and assassin who is the sister of Black Widow. Pugh is set to play the character in the forthcoming film Black Widow which is due out in May 2021 after production was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Scarlett Johansson will once again play Black Widow, a role she has had in multiple MCU blockbusters.


Fee (Les Misérables, Animals, Pixie) will play a character named Kazi. We can only assume it is short Kazimierz Kazimierczak. Most Marvel fans know the character as the mercenary villain Clown.


Alaqua Cox will make her onscreen debut as Maya Lopez, the true name of the Marvel character Echo. She is a deaf Native American who is capable of perfectly mirroring another person’s movements. This ability will me her a formidable adversary, for sure.


Dalton - best known as Lalo Salamanca in the hit AMC drama Better Call Saul - will play Jack Duquesne. The role was most likely derived from the Marvel character Jacques Duquesne - "The Swordsman." An early mentor to Hawkeye, Swordsman subsequently has been both a hero and a villain in the original Marvel comics.


McClarnon is set to portray William Lopez, who is most likely Maya’s father. The original character in the comics was Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln. McClarnon is bet known for starring roles in hit series like Longmire, Westworld, Fargo, and others. He also appeared in Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, a prequel to The Shining.


Marvel Studios' television game is red hot as of late. Helstrom dropped back in October. Fans are hoping that solid viewership of the could re-ignite the development of the previously announced Ghost Rider series.


The upcoming She-Hulk series recently landed director and executive producer Kat Coiro, and reportedly signed Tatiana Maslany (Heartland, Orphan Black, HBO's Perry Mason) to play the title role.


The highly-anticipated WandaVision is slated to premiere on January 15.


Oscar Isaac is in talks for the title role in Moon Knight, another forthcoming Disney+ series. Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, is a mercenary who uses to take on some supremely sinister enemies. Jeremy Slater has been tapped to develop the series and lead the writing team.


In 2015, Slater wrote the script for the 2015 installment of The Fantastic Four which was distributed by 20th Century Fox.


The studio also has Loki plus The Falcon and Winter Soldier in the works as well. All the shows are currently in production and are set to arrive in 2021.


Perhaps the studio's biggest announcement is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury in a brand new Marvel series coming to Disney+. After appearing as Fury in 11 feature films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Academy Award nominee Jackson is bringing the character to the small screen. The new show is currently in development.


Jackson previously appeared as Fury on television in two episodes Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.


The studio also has Loki plus The Falcon and Winter Soldier in the works as well. All the shows are currently in production and are set to arrive in 2021.


- Matt Bishop

@MattatKP