Jeremy Renner was a surprising, though thoroughly justified, inclusion of the list of nominations for the Best Actor Oscar and it seems the world and his casting dog are lining up to pull Renner in front of their cameras.

Peter Berg’s (Aliens Vs)Battleships, the board game movie which still shatters credulity, is circling the man according to The NY Times,

Renner is in talks with Universal and director Peter Berg about taking the lead role in “Battleship.” He’s also had no fewer than five meetings to star in another project, which he declines to reveal. Both films are expected to shoot in the summer, so Renner will be choosing between the two.

is how they put it, and then they spill the beans of Renner’s next project,

But first he’ll squeeze in indie “Raven,” a period thriller with Ewan McGregor in talks to co-star. “(‘Locker’ has) allowed me to exhale and go, ‘OK, now I can really start,'” Renner says. “Maybe it’s a form of arrival, maybe it’s a type of beginning.”

I really enjoy these sentiments from the man, about using his success to go more personal, not more lucrative. His departure from the norm makes him such an interesting and unpredictable actor, which is partly why The Hurt Locker was such an impressive film.

So, is James McTieuge hoping Renner will play the poet Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven? He certainly could pull off the look…