Slowly but surely, movies and TV shows are going back into production amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. This holds true in particular for one long-awaited Disney+ show: Marvel’s Hawkeye. Not only is the series going into production, but Marvel has also recently announced a number of cast additions which now include Vera Farmiga and Florence Pugh.
Vera Farmiga comes on board as Eleanor Bishop, mother to Steinfeld’s Kate. Farmiga has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Up in the Air and has been seen on the A&E series Bates Motel as well as in The Conjuring horror franchise, which has an upcoming entry The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
Florence Pugh is an interesting addition, not just because she is also an Oscar award nominee, but because she is already in the MCU in the new Black Widow movie as Yelena Belova. She is the second Black Widow, after the demise of the first, and is a graduate of Russia’s Red Room program.
While Florence Pugh hasn’t been on the Hollywood scene for long, she has certainly turned heads. She started by appearing in Lady Macbeth and then found parts in The Commuter, Outlaw King, Malevolent, and the wrestling biopic Fighting with My Family. Pugh then gained further recognition with Midsommar then hit the jackpot with Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, for which Pugh received her Oscar nomination.
Vera Farmiga, and Florence Pugh are not the only additions coming out of the Hawkeye camp. Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Alaqua Cox, and Zahn McClarnon have also been added to the cast. Fee will be playing Kazimierz Kazimierczak who, as fans know, is Hawkeye’s main villain in the David Aja/Matt Fraction comic series, which the TV series is heavily based on. Dalton comes on board as Jack Duquesne, who is both hero and villain, a circus performer who is an early mentor to Renner’s Barton. Cox will be playing Echo, the deaf Native American superhero who learns skills by observing someone else perform them. McClarnon will be on board as Echo’s father, William Lopez.
Before this announcement about Florence Pugh’s addition, the first major announcement regarding the series came a few days back when Hailee Steinfeld first teased fans that she would be joining the show as Kate Bishop when she posted to her Instagram a Sagittarius meme that showed a girl with a purple headband (one similar to Bishop) along with her comment that included a bow and arrow emoji.
This tease was followed by Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, who also took to Instagram with a photo of himself, Steinfeld, and a loveable pooch.
What is notable about this picture, besides both Renner and Steinfeld in it, is the dog, who could be part of the Marvel universe. If one knows their Hawkeye history, Lucky the Dog was Clint Barton’s (Hawkeye) dog that he rescued from gangsters who beat him. The dog then took a liking to Bishop. So, things seem to be in order with Steinfeld.
With the addition of Florence Pugh the Hawkeye cast is rounding out. The next step is to get in front of the cameras which, as evidenced by those leaked photos, has started. Disney+ has offered no release date as of yet but a late 2021 or early 2022 is the best guess for Hawkeye’s arrival.