Having known this since February, I’ve been dying to write about it since then. I’m happy that I can now exclusively report that highly accomplished and acclaimed stage and screen actor, director, writer, Simon Callow CBE has been cast in Hawkeye.
Castings like this one are always exciting to me because of the quality of the actors. Callow’s acting resume is truly extensive and varied, as he’s been on stage, screen, and television, since 1973. His films include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Shakespeare In Love, and possibly most notable of those was his role in the 1994 film Four Weddings and A Funeral. He has a long history on stage in the UK, including many appearances with the National Theatre Company in London. Callow has played Charles Dickens many times as well, including in two episodes of Doctor Who. His more recent television series include the time-traveling historical drama Outlander, and Henry Cavill-led Netflix series The Witcher.
Callow was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999 for his services to acting. Also quite notably, he was one of the first actors to willingly publicly come out as homosexual in 1984, via his book Being An Actor. This was an impactful move by Callow, because this potentially helped to shift and improve attitudes towards the gay community, and set an example that certainly must have encouraged others to find the strength to do the same.
“I think I probably was the first well known actor to voluntarily come out.”
“Amadeus, in 1979, was my first experience of being widely interviewed by the mainstream press. I had to decide there and then whether I was going to tell the truth. I very strongly believed, I always have done, that the only thing that can really hold gay people back is living in fear.”Source: Simon Callow in Pink News Interview
I’m afraid I can’t say too much about Callow’s role in Hawkeye at this time. However, I will share with you that he has a key role early in the series, as is apropos for an actor of his caliber, and that his role has ties to a certain Swordsman, Jack Duquesne, played by Tony Dalton.
Hawkeye stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfield, Vera Farmiga, and Tony Dalton. A streaming date for the series to hit Disney plus has not yet been set. My best “educated guess” is you should expect to see it starting up by the late Fall of this year. You can find out more about Mr. Callow’s career and writing works on his website simoncallow.com.