Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner has been rumored to star in Marvel’s The Avengers for months, (MONTHS) and after much speculation and several denials THR is reporting that the actor is closer than ever to signing on to the film. They claim that he’s in final negotiations with the studio to play the bow-and-arrow-carrying Hawkeye!

Once the deal is finalized, Renner will join Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Don Cheadle (War Machine) Samuel L. Jones (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Chris Evans (Captain America) in the Joss Whedon directed Avengers. There’s been no word on whether or not Edward Norton will reprise his role as The Incredible Hulk but if Marvel knows what’s good for them he’ll make an appearance.

Hawkeye’s alter ego is Clint Barton, a man who grew up an orphan, joined the circus, and has a keen eye for archery. He’s not one of the initial members of the Avengers team but he does become an integral part later on in the comics. When Renner was first named as a possible candidate to play the role it was chalked up as a rumor because at the time he was being courted for several other projects including, Battleship (which didn’t come through). Now that his schedule’s open it’s only a matter or time before we hear an official announcement regarding his casting. Woo hoo!

What do you think of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye?