Jeremy Renner’s schedule just got a little busier.
According to a report in Deadline, the “Avengers” star has been cast in the leading role of “Mayor of Kingstown”, a new drama series for the Paramount+ streaming service, haling from director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan and Canadian actor Hugh Dillon.
The upcoming series stars Renner as the titular mayor of Kingstown, Michigan, where the only thriving industry in town in for-profit incarceration.
— Hugh Dillon (@realhughdillon) February 24, 2021
Though the series is ostensibly set in the U.S., it seemingly draws some inspiration from Dillon’s Canadian hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
As The Kingston Herald explained, the original name of Kingston was “King’s Town”, in honour of King George III.
And paralleling the fictional Kingstown of the series, Kingston, Ont. is well-known for having the largest concentration of prisons in Canada, including the shuttered Kingston Penitentiary and the Prison for Women.
Kingston Penitentiary has since become a popular visiting spot for tourists, and has also been used as a filming location in a number of productions, including “Star Trek Discovery” and “Murdoch Mysteries”, as well as music videos by Dillon’s own band Headstones.
Renner is one of the power-brokering McClusky brothers in the anticipated new series; tackling themes including systemic racism, corruption and economic inequality, the series follows the McCluskys’ attempts “to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.”
“I am excited to dig into the complex and rough-around-the-edges character of Mike McLusky (the Mayor of Kingstown),” said Renner, who also will serve as executive producer. “In a world otherwise forgotten in society, Mike serves as a flawed system of checks and balances. Taylor has brought to life a layered and poignant universe that is not only incredibly intriguing but also more relevant than ever.”
Added Fuqua: “When Taylor told me about Mayor of Kingstown, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. The series offers a comprehensive look into the brutal prison system where sociopolitical issues run rampant. Prisons are a forgotten world to most of the population and yet represent a microcosm of society as a whole.”
Renner will next be seen reprising his “Avengers” role in “Hawyke”, an upcoming Marvel series for Disney+.