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Steve McQueen biopic gets financing; Jeremy Renner and others interested

03.13.2015

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. BULLITT, THE GETAWAY. GRAND PRIX. THE TOWERING INFERNO. THE GREAT ESCAPE. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. PAPILLON. Every film a classic and every one of them starring Steve McQueen. Thirty-five years after his untimely death at the age of fifty, the world will finally be getting the biopic of one of the greatest movie stars in Hollywood history. The announcement comes via Lake Forest Entertainment and The Exchange have teamed up to finance the film which will be titled MCQUEEN.

Based on a biography ten years in the making, MCQUEEN will trace the actor's life from his childhood in the Midwest through his death in Mexico in 1980. The book includes entries from McQueen's wife's diary which contains something that happened in McQueen's life that has been a secret but will be revealed in the film.

The Exchange's CEO, Brian O'Shea, had this to say about the project.

"McQueen is the King of Cool, his life was unflinching and impacted so many people around the globe, we are proud to be part of the driving force to bring this movie to life. Steve McQueen talent was iconic, but so was his life. His style, his strength, and his character made him a star, and it will also attract the best talent and make MCQUEEN a smashing success."

McQueen was an avid racer of motorcycles and cars outside of his acting work. The racing made it's way into some of his movies like THE GETAWAY, BULLITT, and LE MANS, which would be fertile ground for a big screen envisioning. James Gray, director of THE IMMIGRANT, has been said to be interested in the project while actors ranging from Jeremy Renner, Channing Tatum, and Ryan Gosling have considered playing McQueen. Personally, I would go with Gosling as the guy exudes the same demeanor as McQueen did and is a heck of an actor.

There is nothing set in stone at this point as the hunt begins for a screenwriter to adapt MCQUEEN. Who would you like to see direct or star in the film?

Source: The Exchange

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6:31PM on 03/15/2015
I'm sure there is some Australian nobody has ever heard of that's perfect for it. Mel Gibson could have done it in his glory days.
I'm sure there is some Australian nobody has ever heard of that's perfect for it. Mel Gibson could have done it in his glory days.
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5:49AM on 03/15/2015
Brad Pitt would be great. Daniel Craig would be good too. Renner's not a horrible option as well.
Brad Pitt would be great. Daniel Craig would be good too. Renner's not a horrible option as well.
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8:13PM on 03/14/2015
Casting an actor to play Steve McQueen is comparable to casting someone to play Frank Sinatra. Maybe once in a generation an actor will come along who is perfect enough to do the job. They don't always get the role, and then their time passes.

Years back Daniel Craig would've been a shoo-in. Now his age makes him less optimal, but more than Renner he exudes that presence. I haven't seen Jeremy Renner successfully play cool yet. Dude's always interesting, but rarely ever "cool" (haven't seen
Casting an actor to play Steve McQueen is comparable to casting someone to play Frank Sinatra. Maybe once in a generation an actor will come along who is perfect enough to do the job. They don't always get the role, and then their time passes.

Years back Daniel Craig would've been a shoo-in. Now his age makes him less optimal, but more than Renner he exudes that presence. I haven't seen Jeremy Renner successfully play cool yet. Dude's always interesting, but rarely ever "cool" (haven't seen him with McQueen's blond locks yet, so that might change things). Gosling, I get what you're saying, but considering they look nothing alike, it's still a leap.

As for Tatum, just no.
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8:05AM on 03/15/2015
Renner was pretty cool in Kill the Messenger, but by all accounts so was the real person he was playing, so I guess if it is required he can do it. Interestingly, cool is a word I have often heard applied to Renner the person, most notably by Robert Downey, Sam Rockwell who clearly adores him and by Joaquin Phoenix who apparently couldn't get over how chilled and laid back he could be whilst producing great work; James Gray jokingly called them 'Method Boy' and 'The Craftsman', no disrespect
Renner was pretty cool in Kill the Messenger, but by all accounts so was the real person he was playing, so I guess if it is required he can do it. Interestingly, cool is a word I have often heard applied to Renner the person, most notably by Robert Downey, Sam Rockwell who clearly adores him and by Joaquin Phoenix who apparently couldn't get over how chilled and laid back he could be whilst producing great work; James Gray jokingly called them 'Method Boy' and 'The Craftsman', no disrespect to Method Boy Phoenix, they are old, old friends.

I think Renner and Gray's interest in the project was based on their own adaption and probably focused on McQueen's personal troubles in his last few years, so age wouldn't have been an issue. If the financing is for a standard biopic I don't think either of them would be interested.
7:22PM on 03/15/2015
And on second thought, I guess he was pretty cool in The Hurt Locker. Don't get me wrong, I think Jeremy Renner comes off as a really chill, cool guy, but thinking about movies like The Town and American Hustle (which I prefer to his Bourne and Avengers roles) as an actor he doesn't seem comfortable doing Gosling's gliding by on a wink and a smile antics, instead going for roles that establish real stakes.

Of the three named in the story, he's still got my vote for the Kind of Cool.
And on second thought, I guess he was pretty cool in The Hurt Locker. Don't get me wrong, I think Jeremy Renner comes off as a really chill, cool guy, but thinking about movies like The Town and American Hustle (which I prefer to his Bourne and Avengers roles) as an actor he doesn't seem comfortable doing Gosling's gliding by on a wink and a smile antics, instead going for roles that establish real stakes.

Of the three named in the story, he's still got my vote for the Kind of Cool.
5:31PM on 03/14/2015
From Steve McQueen to Channing Tatum - that's how far Hollywood casting has fallen.

It'll be Miles Teller as Clint Eastwood next...
From Steve McQueen to Channing Tatum - that's how far Hollywood casting has fallen.

It'll be Miles Teller as Clint Eastwood next...
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4:57PM on 03/14/2015
Daniel fucking Craig. 'Nuff said.
Daniel fucking Craig. 'Nuff said.
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12:41PM on 03/14/2015
I like to see if Renner could pull it off or if he really is just a boring square. I dont want to see Tatum in this. Gosling is an obvious choice.
I like to see if Renner could pull it off or if he really is just a boring square. I dont want to see Tatum in this. Gosling is an obvious choice.
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5:31AM on 03/14/2015
Seriously the fact that Tatum was even mentioned in the same sentence as McQueen goes to show how little respect they have for Steve, my god they could not be more polar opposites! Now Gosling has the brood down, but I think they could do better.
Seriously the fact that Tatum was even mentioned in the same sentence as McQueen goes to show how little respect they have for Steve, my god they could not be more polar opposites! Now Gosling has the brood down, but I think they could do better.
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1:17AM on 03/14/2015
I'm not as high on Gosling as so many hipsters seem to be. He copies McQueen and Delon a lot. And please not James Gray...he's just so milk toast.
I'd go with wildcards. Maybe Michael Fassbender with Michael Mann directing.
I'm not as high on Gosling as so many hipsters seem to be. He copies McQueen and Delon a lot. And please not James Gray...he's just so milk toast.
I'd go with wildcards. Maybe Michael Fassbender with Michael Mann directing.
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7:46PM on 03/13/2015

Doppelganger

Michael Shannon has the look. Could be great with him as the lead
Michael Shannon has the look. Could be great with him as the lead
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7:33PM on 03/13/2015

difficult

I don't envy any actor taking this on. But it this is set in his forties when he was practically a recluse, riding his dirt bike, over indulging and hanging around airfields, then I think it should be Renner. Gosling is too shiny and Tatum is a bit of a lump. Craig would do and he has the eyes and Fassbender would be interesting, but it surely has to be an American.
I don't envy any actor taking this on. But it this is set in his forties when he was practically a recluse, riding his dirt bike, over indulging and hanging around airfields, then I think it should be Renner. Gosling is too shiny and Tatum is a bit of a lump. Craig would do and he has the eyes and Fassbender would be interesting, but it surely has to be an American.
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1:59AM on 03/14/2015
People weren't bothered when (Sir!) Anthony Hopkins played Nixon or (Sir!) Ben Kingsley played Meyer Lansky.

Heck, even Superman fighting for truth, justice and the AMERICAN way is English!
People weren't bothered when (Sir!) Anthony Hopkins played Nixon or (Sir!) Ben Kingsley played Meyer Lansky.

Heck, even Superman fighting for truth, justice and the AMERICAN way is English!
2:06PM on 03/14/2015
But I am English and even I am fed up with the number of British, Irish and Australian actors playing Americans. Steve McQueen was my first crush (even though he had already passed away) and when my friends had boy bands on their walls I was pouring through McQueen biographies. I just feel that with his working class American roots, his love of cars and bikes and his passion for the McQueen project over the last 5 years, Renner is the person I would trust to best present the real man, warts and
But I am English and even I am fed up with the number of British, Irish and Australian actors playing Americans. Steve McQueen was my first crush (even though he had already passed away) and when my friends had boy bands on their walls I was pouring through McQueen biographies. I just feel that with his working class American roots, his love of cars and bikes and his passion for the McQueen project over the last 5 years, Renner is the person I would trust to best present the real man, warts and all. Of course, if they just want a pretty boy to recreate iconic scenes then forget it.
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7:10PM on 03/13/2015

How awesome would it be if Steve McQueen directed the Steve McQueen movie?

Am I right? Am I right? Seriously though, he already has a great relationship with Michael Fassbender, whom it seems most people (myself included) feel would be perfect for the role.
Am I right? Am I right? Seriously though, he already has a great relationship with Michael Fassbender, whom it seems most people (myself included) feel would be perfect for the role.
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7:02PM on 03/13/2015
Actor: Jude Law
Director: Steven Soderbergh

I can already hear a generic 1960s funk music soundtrack playing.
Actor: Jude Law
Director: Steven Soderbergh

I can already hear a generic 1960s funk music soundtrack playing.
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6:09PM on 03/13/2015
I have two words for you and I really want you to think about it before trashing me. TOM...CRUISE.
I have two words for you and I really want you to think about it before trashing me. TOM...CRUISE.
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6:18PM on 03/13/2015
A little makeup/dyed hair. Own stunts. OSCAR time. Who's the King of Cool these days anyways? Tom Cruise.
A little makeup/dyed hair. Own stunts. OSCAR time. Who's the King of Cool these days anyways? Tom Cruise.
5:57PM on 03/13/2015
Will wait and see, didnt realize he had that interesting a life
Will wait and see, didnt realize he had that interesting a life
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5:39PM on 03/13/2015
Anybody but boring jeremy renner....Fassbender or craig would be awesome
Anybody but boring jeremy renner....Fassbender or craig would be awesome
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5:56PM on 03/13/2015
Boring Jeremy Renner would be perfect, not sure that mcqueen was so charismatic himself
Boring Jeremy Renner would be perfect, not sure that mcqueen was so charismatic himself
9:28PM on 03/13/2015
Mcqueen has more charisma in his big toe than renner....sorry but he doesnt fit this role...actually Paul Bettany kind of looks like Mcqueen and would be awesome.
Mcqueen has more charisma in his big toe than renner....sorry but he doesnt fit this role...actually Paul Bettany kind of looks like Mcqueen and would be awesome.
9:34PM on 03/13/2015
Have a look for your self Bettany could be his twin

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Have a look for your self Bettany could be his twin

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9:41PM on 03/13/2015
And here ...his twin
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And here ...his twin
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4:41PM on 03/13/2015
Sorry but none of the names listed or any other current star can match McQueens aura of cool.
Sorry but none of the names listed or any other current star can match McQueens aura of cool.
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4:38PM on 03/13/2015
The first name that comes to mind when it comes to playing McQueen is Michael Fassbender. .
The first name that comes to mind when it comes to playing McQueen is Michael Fassbender. .
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9:56AM on 03/15/2015
Because he has collaborated with director Steve McQueen a few times? lol. Michael Fassbender is a good actor, but no resemblance whatsoever to the late actor Steve McQueen. They obviously don't have to look exactly alike, but a little similarity would help.
Because he has collaborated with director Steve McQueen a few times? lol. Michael Fassbender is a good actor, but no resemblance whatsoever to the late actor Steve McQueen. They obviously don't have to look exactly alike, but a little similarity would help.
4:28PM on 03/13/2015
Daniel Craig is standing by, waiting by the telephone.
Daniel Craig is standing by, waiting by the telephone.
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12:41PM on 03/14/2015
Yes, they do look alike (and so does Putin). :)
Yes, they do look alike (and so does Putin). :)
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