Actor Jeremy Renner to star in first film since snowplough accident

Jeremy Renner is set to star in his first film since he was seriously injured in a snowplough accident.

The 53-year-old American is the latest actor to join the cast of Rian Johnson's Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery, more than a year after he suffered more than 30 broken bones in the accident.

The Avengers star was injured on New Year's Day in 2023 while trying to help his nephew free his pickup truck from the snow when the six-tonne plough began to roll down a hill, according to a police report.

Renner was airlifted to hospital, and spent some time in an intensive care unit.

He will join British star Daniel Craig as returning detective Benoit Blanc in the new murder mystery, set for release in 2025.

Previously announced cast members include British actor Josh O'Connor, who starred in Challengers and The Crown, Irish star Andrew Scott from Ripley and Fleabag, Scandal's Kerry Washington, Fatal Attraction star Glenn Close and Cailee Spaeny of Priscilla.

Last week, filmmaker Johnson announced on X that the film is "about to go into production" while plot details are yet to be revealed.

Known for playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner was seen in drama series Mayor Of Kingstown as he recovered from his injuries.