Jeremy Renner nabbed his second Oscar nomination for playing a thief in The Town and now it looks like he’s going back to relieving banks of their money. Deadline reports that Renner will star in the adaptation of J. North Conway’s non-fiction novel King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America. Renner 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.” As someone who constantly goes to New York appearing to be a mannered gent, I think I’ll really be able to relate to this character. Will Staples, who wrote the Call of Duty video game, is attached to pen the screenplay.
Hit the jump for more on Renner’s upcoming projects, other films Staples’ is writing, and a synopsis of Conway’s King of Heists.
Renner will next be seen at the end of the year in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He’s also set to have a massive 2012 by co-starring in the action-fantasy flick Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, and taking the reins of the of the Bourne franchise with The Bourne Legacy. Considering that all four of these projects could potentially result in franchises for Renner, it’s nice to see him take a project that’s unlikely to spawn a sequel.
As for Staples, his star continues to be on the rise. In addition to writing the action sci-fi flick Myth as a vehicle for James Cameron and Sam Worthington, Staples adapted the novel Apaches for Jerry Bruckheimer, pitched World’s Most Wanted at Universal, and wrote the screenplay for 1925 Alaska Serum Run drama Kings of the Trail with Gavin Hood (Rendition) attached to direct.
Finally, here’s the synopsis for J. North Conway’s King of Heists:
King of Heists is a spellbinding and unprecedented account of the greatest bank robbery in American history, which took place on October 27, 1878, when thieves broke into the Manhattan Savings Institution and stole nearly $3 million in cash and securities—around $50 million in today’s terms. Bringing the notorious Gilded Age to life in a thrilling narrative, J. North Conway tells the story of those who plotted and carried out this infamous robbery, how they did it, and how they were tracked down and captured. The robbery was planned to the minutest detail by criminal mastermind George Leonidas Leslie—a society architect and ladies’ man whose double life as the nation’s most prolific bank robber led him to be dubbed the “King of the Bank Robbers.” [Amazon]