Joss Whedon In Negotiations to Direct
Marvel's Avengers Film
to Hollywood sources, Joss Whedon, the fan-favorite creator of Buffy
the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse, is in final negotiations
with Marvel to direct the upcoming Avengers film.
The Avengers will follow on Marvel Studios' highly successful
string of films, beginning with Iron Man and The Incredible
Hulk and the upcoming Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain
America: The First Avenger. The cast is expected to include Robert
Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris
Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America. Jeremy Renner, who starred in the
Oscar Award-winner The Hurt Locker, has been rumored to have
been cast as Clint Barton, better known as the archer Hawkeye.
The Avengers would be Whedon's second turn behind the camera,
following Serenity, and is expected to begin filming in early
2011. Reports indicate that Whedon may also polish the script, welcome
news to Whedon's fans who have come to appreciate his whip-smart
Look for more on The Avengers in the weeks and months to come.