Jeremy Renner is set to take the lead in King of Heists. Deadline reports that Renner will star in the adaptation of the J. North Conway non fiction book from Lion Press about one of the greatest bank robbery in American history. He will play "George Leslie, who came to New York appearing to be a mannered gent, but secretly put together a crew and masterminded a heist of nearly $3 million in cash and securities from the Manhattan Savings Institution in 1878." The project is being produced by Renner and Don Handfield with Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman. The book was optioned by Black Bear Pictures, who also plans to finance development and production.
The script will be penned by Will Staples, who most recently sold his sci-fi pitch Myth to Fox with Sam Worthington attached and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and James Cameron producing. He has a lot of other movies on the way, so audinces will get a good idea of his style.
Renner was great in The Town and I am excited to see him in The Avengers and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. What are your thoughts of this news?
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