As Hollywood slowly and carefully starts to reopen pre-production on multiple projects are fast-tracking, and that includes Marvel Studios and their multiple theatrical and Disney+ projects.
One project in the casting phase of its pre-production is Hawkeye, and thanks to a new report from the Illuminerdi, a character familiar to hardcore comic readers could be making an appearance in the series.
According to the site, a new cast listing has emerged looking for a male Eastern European in his 20-30’s to play a character code-named ‘Arek,’ which may be pointing to Kazimierz Kazimierczak, a mercenary known as “the Clown.”
For those unfamiliar with Kazimierz Kazimierczak, Fandom has some history on the character who indeed runs into Hawkeye and Kate Bishop in the comics.
Kazimierz Kazimierczak was a young boy who moved to America after his circus family was killed during an armed conflict. A traumatic accident in which his friend Janek died in an explosion in a subway lead Kazimierz to kill people with no apparent reason, from which he learned to make his living by becoming a mercenary.
Time later, he was hired by numerous mob bosses, including the Kingpin, The Owl, and the leader of the “Tracksuit Draculas”, to kill Clint Barton, who recently had interfered in their plans.
He killed Hawkeye’s neighbor, Grills as a way to harass Barton. When he returned to the crime scene along with the “Tracksuit Draculas” while Clint and his neighbors were attending Grill’s funeral, in order to deal with any possible evidence left, he was attacked by Lucky, Hawkeye’s dog, but got away.
The Clown arranged the return of the tracksuits, Ivan Banionis, who was the former owner of Barton’s building in order to lead a massive attack on the building and get it back. The Clown and the mafia raided Barton’s building, but were opposed by heavy resistance from its inhabitants. In the end, Ivan was subdued by Kate Bishop and the Clown was dealt with by Clint while the rest of the neighbors contained the remaining tracksuits until the arrival of the police.
Not much is known on the series at this time but reports earlier this year revealed that Clint’s brother Barney Barton aka Trickshot and the New York crime organization Tracksuit Mafia would make appearances. It is still unknown if any other Avengers or existing characters will make an appearance.
Jeremy Renner is set to return as Clint Barton as he trains a new bow wielder – Kate Bishop who ends up taking the Hawkeye mantle. Mad Men scribe Jonathan Igla will be writing and executive producing the series. Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live) as well as directing duo Bert and Bertie (Troop Zero) will be directing multiple episodes.
Source: The Illuminerdi