Marvel has its sights set on Hailee Steinfeld for a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's come to light that the Oscar-nominee has been offered the role of Kate Bishop in the upcoming Hawkeye TV series, which is in the works for the Disney+ streaming service. Should things proceed according to plan, Steinfeld would star alongside Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton in the series and, in all likelihood, she would be a major part of this universe moving forward.
According to a new report, Hailee Steinfeld has been offered the role but no deal has closed yet. It's clear this is who Marvel Studios wants, but it's now a matter of whether or not the Bumblebee and Pitch Perfect 2 star wants to spend a major chunk of her future slinging arrows alongside other heroes in the MCU. Undoubtedly, the plan is for Jeremy Renner to pass the torch to Kate Bishop, whether or not Steinfeld accepts the role, and that would carry on beyond the Disney+ show. As such, it would be a major commitment. It hasn't yet been revealed who, if any other stars on the studio's radar, should Steinfeld pass.
For those who may not be familiar, Kate Bishop is a character from the pages of Marvel Comics who takes up the Hawkeye mantle from Clint Barton. Given the events of Avengers: Endgame, it's easy to see why Clint would be ready to hand off some of his superhero duties to someone else. It's been expected that Kate Bishop would appear in the MCU for years, with rumors suggesting she was going to appear in Avengers: Endgame. That didn't turn out to be the case, but then it was confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige during San Diego Comic-Con that the character would be brought into the MCU fold in the upcoming series.
Little is known about the show, in terms of plot. Recently, Mad Men alum Jonathan Igla boarded the show as writer/executive producer. It joins other shows firmly rooted in the MCU that will debut on Disney+ such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, the animated What If? and Loki, as well as the recently announced She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel shows. Marvel will have a much stronger presence on the small screen in Phase 4 and beyond than it has in the past.
Hailee Steinfeld made a big splash when she starred in True Grit back in 2010, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. She's since gone on to star in other hits such as Pitch Perfect 3 and The Edge of Seventeen. Steinfeld is also starring in the upcoming Apple show Dickinson. Should her deal for Hawkeye close, it would be her second major foray into episodic television. Hawkeye is set to debut in fall 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by Variety.