A full-length trailer has been released for The Bourne Legacy. The film is set in the Jason Bourne movie universe, but revolves around a different Treadstone agent – one who goes by the name (among others) of Aaron Cross, as portrayed by The Avengers‘ Jeremy Renner.

This new theatrical preview gels with details from the recaps for the Bourne Legacy footage screened at CinemaCon 2012 – by revealing that the timeline for Legacy overlaps with that of Bourne Ultimatum. Furthermore, it appears that Jason Bourne’s actions in Ultimatum directly kick-off the events in Legacy.

Judging by the Legacy trailer, Cross is forced to run for his life when Bourne’s public exposure of Treadstone leads one of the minds behind the program, a man called Byer (Edward Norton) to “clean up the situation” – namely, by killing every agent and/or assassin connected to Treadstone. While evading government forces that want him dead, Cross… er, crosses paths with a fellow assassin (Oscar Isaac) and eventually joins forces with a Treadstone scientist (Rachel Weisz), in order to keep both of them alive.

Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner in 'Bourne Legacy'

There are a handful of familiar plot and character elements glimpsed in this new footage from Bourne Legacy, which was written and directed by Tony Gilroy (a co-writer on the Bourne trilogy). Gilroy appears to have traded in Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass’ shaky cam approach to shooting action – for a steadier hand/faster cutting style, similar to that used in this past winter’s Safe House. Depending on how you approach it: one could argue that Gilroy looks to bring some intriguing new material to the table, while also offering a fresh take on recycled parts from the Bourne trilogy – or, that Bourne Legacy so far comes off as a standard rehash of its predecessors. (Head to the comments section for the debate.)

Sidestepping that discussion: here’s to hoping Bourne Legacy doesn’t feature quite so many on-the-nose references to how Jason Bourne was just “the tip of the iceberg” – or expository lines about how Treadstone is more complex that people (re: the audience) previously thought – as are included here, in what is otherwise a pretty decent trailer.

The Bourne Legacy hits theaters in the U.S. on August 3rd, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers