Jeremy Renner In For ‘Thor’ Cameo, Samuel L. Jackson Out?

Jeremy Renner was outed as the front runner for Hawkeye months in advance of his finalized casting, with a report from last year suggesting that he’d play the avenging archer not just in “The Avengers,” but also in “Thor.”

While Renner is clearly playing Hawkeye in the superhero team-up movie, now it appears that he really does have a role to play in “Thor” as well. The Wrap reports that the “Hurt Locker” actor will mark his first performance as Clint Barton in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” adaptation, set to arrive in theaters next May.

Supposed insiders refused to comment on the context of Hawkeye’s appearance, the duration of his involvement and when in the film his scenes take place. They did state, however, that Samuel L. Jackson won’t appear in “Thor” as Nick Fury.

Whether or not there’s any truth to the Hawkeye cameo remains to be seen, though we’re certainly not surprised at the possibility. Renner himself alluded to the cameo in November of last year when he said: “If I was a betting man, I would bet that Hawkeye would probably show up in Thor, and then be in The Avengers. But do I know for sure? I can’t say. But I’d love for that to happen. It’d be fun.”

Renner clarified his statement days later, saying: “They’re not sure if they’re going to put [Clint] into ’Thor’ at all, so it might be later on. It’s two years away. They still have to do ’Captain America,’ they still have to do ’Thor’ … and ’Iron Man 2′ and all those things. But I’d be honored. I think it would be fun.”

Now it looks like Renner’s getting his wish on multiple fronts, not just with “The Avengers,” but with an early entry through “Thor.” If the cameo is actually in the works, consider Renner’s “Thor” involvement another reason to get psyched for the summer of 2011!

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