Thoughts on ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Candidates

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 10:58 am,

The fourth Bourne movie is getting underway and it’s not starring Matt Damon. In fact, it’s not even starring his character for whom the movie is titled after. Instead, director Tony Gilroy is taking over the franchise reins from Paul Greengrass and giving us The Bourne Legacy, aptly titled after a story which takes place within the Damon-Bourne continuity and follows a new character dealing with the consequences of the events from the Bourne trilogy.

James Franco (Rise of the Apes), hot off his acclaimed role in this year’s 127 Hours and preparing to co-host the Oscars this weekend, was widely rumored for the lead part but we now know that Gilroy and Universal Pictures have opened up a wide net for their casting and we have the latest on who’s being considered for the part.

Variety had the first scoop on the current status of the Bourne 4 casting and point out that Tony Gilroy is meeting with several actors this week for the part. His intention is to screen-test all of the candidates, meaning some of the higher profile options may not wish to partake and that it’s open to lesser known talent.

The five candidates they list as meeting with Gilroy about leading the cast of The Bourne Legacy are Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. In my books, you can scratch Maguire off the list right away. He’s too old and I can’t picture him headlining this style of action flick. I can picture him dancing in Spider-Man 3 for some reason though…

Lutz is expanding his profile outside of the Twilight franchise big time and has a key role in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals this Fall, but I don’t believe he can headline this type of movie just yet. Hedlund and Gyllenhaal are definite potentials but Hedlund may have a bit of TRON: Legacy stigma attached to him and Gyllenhaal’s a busy (and likely, expensive) man.

Out of these five, I am leaning towards up-and-comer Taylor Kitsch, who landed lead parts as the title character in the epic-scale productions of John Carter of Mars and as Naval Commander in Peter Berg’s Battleship. His schedule is clear later this year and he’ll be living in the spotlight next summer with his two biggest roles yet. He could be the new Sam Worthington if Universal banks on him with this franchise as well…

That’s not all though! Deadline is also reporting the same with no credit to Variety, but has additional names to add to the list: Benjamin Walker, Alex Pettyfer, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender and Luke Evans.

Of this list, I’d love to see Dano get a lead role in something like Bourne. He’s incredibly talented and is finally starting to get some recognition. Walker and Fassbender are both great choices  as well, with Walker just landing the lead in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, while Fassbender is in very high demand. I’m going to say “no” to Hartnett and Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and “yes” to Luke Evans (also starring in Immortals). Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Edgerton (The Thing) are interesting and unknown-to-the-mainstream choices but I don’t expect Gilroy will go that direction. That being said, my dark horse pick is Oscar Isaac who was brilliant in Robin Hood and has a part in Sucker Punch which releases next month.

My picks:


I’m betting that Damon will have a cameo of some sorts, just to justify the shared continuity and “Bourne” title – Especially if he’s proclaiming interest in returning as Jason Bourne in later franchise installments, possibly Bourne 5.

Expect the list of candidates to shrink and change as we go forward. The Bourne Legacy is scheduled to hit theaters August 3, 2012.

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Source: Variety

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  1. I’d see Paul Dano in anything. He is really good and steadily becoming one of my favorites to see perform.

  2. Taylor Kitsch would be pretty awesome. Even Oscar Isaac for that matter.

  3. Damp would be great bt could he be a badass? Matt Damon had a strong American boyscout look that gave him the badass physicallty. Of course he could bulk up and train but idk I’m not seeing it. Maguire is a hell no from the get go. Pitt could play a good cold hearted killer but my choice goes to hedlund, he’s a rising star with potential to be a great action adventure star ala Harrison Ford. But if they get that wolf boy Taylor lautner, I will destroy the world.

  4. I hope to see the screen test for each actors…..

  5. Of course. One minority being considered (Oscar Isaac). Hollywood needs to expand their horizons. This is a new role that can be played by an Africa American, an Asian, or any other minority. I don’t understand why only white actors for the most part are being courted. Anthony Mackie could rock this roll as could any other actor they are looking act. Sad. So sad.

    • so true…

  6. Not gonna lie I’m rooting for Tobey Maguire, Haven’t seen him in something great in awhile, although Michael Fassbender would a great choice as well in my opinion

  7. evans or kitch…nuff said.

  8. Yeah Im all for mixing it up, no more young pretty people. I want a non American with bad teeth .

  9. intresting concept , but i dont think Mat Damon is going to be in it unless they show scenes from the other movies

  10. Not sure why Maguire would be ‘too’ old, when he Is 5 years younger than Matt Damon, who as you pointed out may return for the 5th when he’s closer to 50 than 40. Besides, if this new agent is supposed to have come from the same program, which has been shut down and not making new agents for awhile now, at least since the happenings of the first movie, wouldn’t someone a little closer to Damon’s age make sense? Unless of course they’re gonna go the “we’re gonna reopen treadstone and start the whole thing over” plot route, which may be likely. Also, part of the treadstone project was making super agents out of people who could look extremely ordinary and blend-in, someone who nobody would think would be by looking at them… And doesn’t Maguire fit that bill? Still, I agree that he’s a long shot, just because it doesn’t seem like the type of role he’d go for; I imagine he’s not looking to jump onto another franchise so soon after Spiderman.

  11. I just don’t know? Half the people listed I’ve never heard off the other half it’s a toss up to be honest. Why not be original and cast a woman. But then that would make it more like Salt than Bourne. Besides having someone else portray Bourne would make it seem more like the novel the Bourne Supremacy. But since none of the movies ever have anything to do with novels other than title and characters I say let’s be surprised by the way it turns out.

    • Sorry if I rambled on for that last bit there.

  12. Gotta just bring back Matt Damon.

    • yh i cant see it without him

  13. I don’t think any of these guys will be even as close to as good a job Matt Damon did with this series. I mean come on Toby Maguire and that kid who plays in I am number four and Lutz, half of the guys are pretty boys not the kind of person I would like to see in the Bourne series.

  14. Screw this guys….I say go for Gilbert Gottfried his got the physique and his voice sounds exactly like damons.

  15. Ugh, terrible series with Damon playing at being a Government Hit Man. Couldnt stomach the movies after the first one.

  16. Will we be able to see what’s going on? Or will the shaky cam that ruined the sequels be back? Let’s hope not. The further Paul Greengrass is away from this franchise, the better.

  17. Without Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass the greatest movie trilogy ever is doomed to be forever tarnished and violated. I will not be watching any Bourne film without Matt Damon and I will strongly discourage anyone from paying for a ticket to see it.