Marvel's 'Hawkeye' Disney+ series offers Hailee Steinfeld role of Kate Bishop and here's why she's perfect for it
While the casting hasn't officially been confirmed, it's easy to see why Steinfeld would be a great choice to play the young hero. For one thing, she certainly looks the part, though looks aren't all it would take to pull off the character
Marvel's upcoming 'Hawkeye' series may have found its Kate Bishop. New reports suggest Marvel is hoping to cast Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld in a lead role for the Disney+ series. Variety reported that Steinfeld, an accomplished actor and singer, has been offered the role, which could evolve into a long-term commitment for the actress should she accept it.
Steinfeld is best known for playing Emily Junk in the 'Pitch Perfect' film series and her performance as Mattie Ross in 'True Grit', a part that earned her a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. While the casting hasn't officially been confirmed, it's easy to see why Steinfeld would be a great choice to play the young hero.
For one thing, she certainly looks the part, though looks aren't all it would take to pull off the character. Kate Bishop, vigilante, hero and member of the Young Avengers, was introduced in the comics as the youngest daughter of a wealthy Manhattan family who was left deeply traumatized after being brutally assaulted.
It was heavily implied that she was raped during the incident but she refused to let it break her, choosing instead to train herself until she became extremely proficient at martial arts, sword fighting and of course, archery. Bringing Kate to life on the screen would require an actor with considerable skill and Steinfeld has already proven she is capable of delivering compelling performances in character roles.
She's no stranger to action and superheroics either, having played Charlie Watson in the 'Transformers' spin-off movie 'Bumblebee' and provided the voice for Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'.
While Steinfeld does have another major series role coming up playing writer Emily Dickinson in the Apple TV+ show 'Dickinson', her background is primarily in films. This may prove to be an asset if Marvel decides to bring Kate into the movies as well, which is a very real possibility.
The 'Hawkeye' series is expected to be an adaptation of Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido's 'Hawkeye' comic book series, which primarily dealt with Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) on his days away from the Avengers and depicted him as a regular, down-on-his-luck kind of guy just trying to help keep his neighborhood safe while constantly getting swept into side missions and made fun of by Kate.
'Hawkeye' will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting in the Fall of 2021.