Jeremy Renner Cast As Doc Holliday In New Biopic

by Adam Barnhardt

Jeremy Renner has been cast as Wild West legend John Henry “Doc” Holliday in a movie optioned by Palmstar Media. Based on a pair of novels — Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral — by writer Mary Doria Russell, the film will be produced by Kevin Frakes and The Combine, a production company run by Renner and Don Handfield.

The pair of books showcase the life of Holliday, a dentist-turned-gunslinger who will forever have a place in Old West lore alongside the likes of Wyatt Earp as the two participated in the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

“We are excited to re-introduce this classic American character to a whole new audience by chronicling Doc Holliday’s incredible transformation from Average Joe dentist to a man who Wyatt Earp called the ‘nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun [he] ever knew’, ” Frakes and Renner said in a joint statement.

Alongside Frakes and The Combine, Philip G. Flores and Kristoffer Winters will both be billed as producers on the project as well.

“Jeremy Renner as Doc Holliday…f*cking awesome,” Frakes added.

Although Frakes seems quite excited to see Renner as the Wild West cowboy, the actor won’t be the first to portray the character. Most recently, Val Kilmer portrayed Holliday in Tombstone (1993) while Dennis Quaid (Wyatt Earp) and Kirk Douglas (Gunfight At The O.K. Corral) have both played the character.

 

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