Actor Jeremy Renner to star in first film since snowplough accident

Actor Jeremy Renner to star in first film since snowplough accident

Jeremy Renner is making a remarkable return to the big screen, starring in his first film since a severe snowplough accident left him with over 30 broken bones. The 53-year-old actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has joined the cast of Rian Johnson’s “Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery.” This casting news comes more than a year after the harrowing incident that occurred on New Year’s Day in 2023.

Renner’s accident happened while he was assisting his nephew in freeing a pickup truck stuck in the snow. According to a police report, the six-tonne snowplough began to roll down a hill, leading to the actor’s critical injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital and spent time in an intensive care unit, battling blunt chest trauma and multiple orthopedic injuries.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Renner’s resilience and determination have been nothing short of inspiring. In his first TV interview since the accident, he revealed that he “chose to survive” and would do it all over again to protect his nephew. “I chose to survive, it’s not going to kill me, no way,” he said, emphasizing his resolve.

Renner’s return to acting is marked by his role in the upcoming murder mystery, set for release in 2025. He will join an impressive ensemble cast, including British star Daniel Craig, who reprises his role as detective Benoit Blanc. Other notable cast members include Josh O’Connor, Andrew Scott, Kerry Washington, Glenn Close, and Cailee Spaeny.

Filmmaker Rian Johnson recently announced on social media platform X that the film is “about to go into production,” though plot details remain under wraps. Johnson has promised that this third installment in the “Knives Out” series will be Blanc’s “most dangerous case yet.”

Renner’s involvement in “Wake Up Dead Man” is particularly significant given his recent struggles and recovery. Known for his roles in films like “Arrival,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “The Bourne Legacy,” Renner has also been starring in the drama series “Mayor Of Kingstown” as he recuperates from his injuries.

The actor’s journey to recovery has been a testament to his strength and determination. In a candid interview, Renner shared that he was “awake through every moment” of the accident and that he lost “a lot of flesh and bone” but gained “love and titanium.” His emotional resilience was evident when he recalled apologizing to his family from his hospital bed using sign language.

Renner’s accident occurred during a severe snowstorm that hit several states in the US. He was using his snowplough to help his nephew, who had gotten stuck in the snow near Renner’s home. After successfully towing the car free, the plough began to move while unattended. Renner attempted to re-enter the driver’s seat to stop it, but the massive machine ran him over.

The actor’s nephew witnessed the traumatic event, and Renner has expressed his concern for the young man’s emotional well-being. “I gave him images that he can never unsee,” Renner said, adding that his own healing process would also help his nephew and other family members affected by the accident.

Renner’s return to the hospital that treated him was a moment of gratitude and reflection. He visited the staff, first responders, and even the children at the hospital, expressing his thanks for their support. “Paying my respects and celebrating love, life, and the blessings it brings to us all,” he posted on social media.

Renner’s career has been marked by critical acclaim and box office success. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Hurt Locker” and another for “The Town.” His performances in “Wind River,” “American Hustle,” and “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol” have also been widely praised.

As Renner prepares to return to filming for the third season of “Mayor Of Kingstown,” he remains optimistic about his recovery. “I think I’m strong enough,” he said. “We’ll see. I mean, I literally go back in a week. But I’ll be doing my best, trying my hardest.”

Renner’s casting in “Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery” marks a significant milestone in his journey back to the big screen. Fans and colleagues alike are eagerly anticipating his performance in what promises to be another thrilling installment in the “Knives Out” series.

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