Reports arrived on Monday that actress Hailee Steinfeld could become the new Hawkeye. Steinfeld, who starred in the blockbuster Transformers film Bumblebee, is being eyed for the role of the female version of the Marvel Comics hero.
Here are more details on who the character Kate Bishop is for the future Disney+ series.
Whos is Kate Bishop in the new Disney+ series?
The news arrived from Variety on September 9 regarding the possibility of Disney+ casting Steinfeld as Kate Bishop for the Hawkeye series.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, Kate Bishop takes on the mantle of Hawkeye, who was Clint Barton in the Avengers. Barton, aka Hawkeye (and Ronin), was known for his marksmanship and archery abilities amongst other skills.
In the comic book world, Kate Bishop first appeared in 2005’s Young Avengers No. 1 issue. She was the first female to become Hawkeye, but not the first to take on the mantle after Clint Barton.
Squadron Supreme’s Wyatt McDonald preceded Kate as Hawkeye, at least in the comics. There’s no word if that character is in the plans for the Disney+ series, but it’s now confirmed Kate Bishop will be part of the show.
Kate Bishop also had nicknames such as Hawkette and Lady Hawkeye in the Marvel comic books. Her skills and abilities include those similar to Barton’s. She is also great with a bow and arrow, at fencing, martial arts, boxing, and other forms of combat.
Steinfeld’s resume, other info about Disney+ series
The 22-year-old Hailee Steinfeld is no stranger to working in superhero movies or in blockbuster projects. She was the star of the aforementioned Bumblebee and also nominated for an Oscar for the film True Grit.
In addition, Steinfeld provided the voice for the well known Gwen Stacy character in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Steinfeld also appeared in the Pitch Perfect movies. She’s not only an actress but a singer with a number of singles and the EP Haiz which she released in 2015.
Her most successful song was 2016’s “Starving” with Grey featuring Zedd. It reached as high as No. 12 on the US Billboard singles chart and No. 5 on US Pop chart.
So far, Steinfeld’s reportedly been offered the role of Kate Bishop for the Disney+ Hawkeye series but has yet to officially accept that offer. There’s been no comment from Steinfeld or her representation as of this report.
She would join actor Jeremy Renner who is also said to appear in the series, reprising his role of the MCU Avengers character Hawkeye. Based on the fact the show will include Kate Bishop, it seems to be a passing of the torch sort of series.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) September 9, 2019
In addition to that, it could mean quite a commitment for Steinfeld with the role. If she chooses to accept that Kate Bishop role, it could mean more than just a few seasons of a Disney+ show but also appearances in future Marvel movies.
She also has another big role on a new streaming platform. Apple has Steinfeld as the lead in “Dickinson,” a show about the famous 19th-century poet, Emily Dickinson. Check out the trailer via Steinfeld’s Instagram post.
The Disney+ Hawkeye series will be written by Jonathan Igla and is slated for a fall 2021 release on the streaming media platform.