Jeremy Renner Looks Like Himself in First ‘Bourne Legacy’ Image
Devoted fans of the successful "Bourne" series are probably still a little sore that Matt Damon will not be returning as film's most popular agent since 007. The star left along with director Paul Greengrass, who decided to move on after directing The Bourne Supremacy
and The Bourne Ultimatum
, and Universal had no interest in driving up the budget of the next film just to keep them.
The studio's fourth film based on author Robert Ludlum's popular character is titled The Bourne Legacy
and will feature Jeremy Renner
as a different character with a similar story. Renner, who hit the map with his dramatic turn in The Hurt Locker
, decided to use his newfound fame to make a go of an action career. He just appeared in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
and has Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
and The Avengers
both due out before "Legacy."US Today
had the first image of the new film directed by original trilogy writer Tony Gilroy
. Gilroy and younger brother Dan wrote "Legacy" and signed a heavyweight cast that features Rachel Weisz
and Edward Norton
. To help with continuity, Joan Allen
and Albert Finney
are expected to reprise their roles as Pam Landy and Dr. Albert Hirsch, two of the minds behind the Treadstone program that spawned Jason Bourne. Renner, however, will play a character named Aaron Cross.
The image gives us Renner looking ready to karate-chop some throats. It hardly gives us a sense of just how much the film will overlap with the previous films, but given some of those casting moves and that Gilroy co-wrote the others, it's time to stop being bummed and start getting pumped.
"Legacy" will make its mark on Aug. 3.