Jeremy Renner To Play Doc Holliday In New Project | Film News
Jeremy Renner‘s ascension to Hollywood superstardom hasn’t quite developed as quickly as some expected, but he’ll get another major role to sink his teeth into as he’s signed on to star as legendary gunfighter John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday, as PalmStar Media have optioned the rights to two novels by Mary Doria Russell – Doc and Epitaph: A Novel Of The O.K. Corral.
The two novels are set to be combined into one film. The chronicle the gunslinger’s life as “a gentleman dentist in Reconstruction-era Atlanta to his stand alongside Wyatt Earp at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral”. Renner will join the likes of Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid in playing the iconic role.
In a joint statement from Renner and producer Don Handfield they said: “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 is currently filming Avengers: Infinity War, but must be licking his lips at the possibilities this role offers. Despite starring roles in The Bourne Legacy and The Hurt Locker, he’s mostly been left with supporting roles to other big name stars. Here’s an opportunity to truly branch out on his own.