Jeremy Renner Offered Lead In ‘The Bourne Legacy’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm,

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Against all expectations, The Bourne Identity was a huge hit that beget a second huge hit – The Bourne Supremacy – and a third huge hit – The Bourne Ultimatum. Naturally, a fourth Bourne film was bound to happen, but fans hoped it would involve series star Matt Damon and critically-acclaimed director Paul Greengrass.

Instead, Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) took the job of directing The Bourne Legacy back in October and now the Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) has officially been offered the part of “Martin,” the new series protagonist.

Deadline has confirmed Latino Review‘s scoop that Renner will take-on leading man duties for the sequel. Renner will play Martin, like Bourne before him, a super-spy on the run from the top-secret government program that trained him. While the program is not Treadstone, the one that produced Jason Bourne, it’s very similar and somehow even more dangerous.

As previously stated, Jason Bourne as played by Matt Damon will not be appearing in the film but his existence will be felt throughout. Hence the title.

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Apparently, Jeremy Renner managed to beat out a whole host of up and coming actors, including Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing prequel), Garrett Hudlund (TRON: Legacy), and Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights). Frankly, I’m surprised/grateful that they didn’t go with one of the “pretty boys.”

This will be the fourth major action role Jeremy Renner has taken since being nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Hurt Locker and The Town, and the third where he plays a U.S. government agent. He recently finished filming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, he’s currently filming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and he’s getting ready to start shooting The Avengers as the S.H.I.E.L.D.-affiliated super-archer Hawkeye.

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My question is, what other government agent roles can Jeremy Renner possibly be cast in? James Bond is probably out of the question, considering he’s British and all. But what about an Our Man Flint reboot? Or a Salt sequel? (They could call it Mr. Salt!) Of course, he could always play John Clark to Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan in the re-reboot of the Tom Clancy films, if that thing ever gets of the ground.

I’m being sarcastic, yet I wouldn’t be surprised if, say, two of those things ended up happening.

The Bourne Legacy is expected to hit theaters August 3rd, 2012.

Source: Latino Review & Deadline

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  1. If Renner is the lead in this film, I could get interested in it.

  2. Something about Renner playing a different character in the Bourne-verse was posted a few weeks ago. Though some were dipleased with this, I for one am highly excited. Of course I would love to see Matt Damon reprise the role of Jason Bourne but he is chilling back off this one and possibly be back for another one in the future.

  3. Starting this new chapter without completely closing the door on what happened to Jason Bourne is disgraceful. Why even call it “The Bourne” anything if it’s not about Jason Bourne, and it’s about Martin?

  4. Yeah, I agree with Clint. I have zero interest in this. I understand Hollywood has a seriously difficult time coming up with original ideas, but this is just pitiful. Nothing against Renner, he’s great.. just 3 Bourne movies was enough (and they were good).

  5. Bourne Legacy : It’s the other guys turn, should be the title, so Bourne’s impact will be present through out the film , but he wont be in it, and they arent using Tredstone, so he couldn’t be one of the other sleepers out there, who was just forgotten when Bourne destroyed Tredstone, which would have made more sense to me. Listen I got over the fact that these movies dont even come close to the source material, but for this sequel to have really nothing to do with the previous movies other then the title and the feel of Bourne’s presence hmmmmm, not to sure about this

  6. I don’t understand this at all. Why even call it bourne, just do a random spy flick! I mean the only reason I could see them going ahead with this is if they are gonna build for a sequel that has Bourne come back. For me, for this to work, it would have had to have been about this ex-tredstone agent being hunted down and at the end is found by Bourne and it builds for a sequel where the two of them can team up together and stop the next people from trying to do it again kind of thing. But that is it. Very sad not to see Damon returning though.

    • i’d like to add, that its sad that we don’t get Damon back, yet we have to suffer another mission impossible with Tom Cruse. :)

    • That’s what I was thinking the whole time. This should build up to where Jason Bourne gets invovled in the next film somehow. That would be tight.

  7. Not getting the early negativity on this one, Bourne will be related to the movie, the title is fine. Color me excited.

  8. Borune is over-rated anyway.

    • Borune? Is that a mix of Borat and Jason Bourne?

      • lol…

  9. You could argue that the only real Bourne movie would star Damon and be directed by Doug, but that really wouldn’t make sense. Look at the Bond franchise to see how a successful brand can be passed from one generation to the next.

    • I do agree with that sentiment and am actually quite excited about this movie now that Renner is attached. However, the comparison to the James Bond franchise here doesn’t really work because each successive actor played a different iteration of James Bond … in this case Renner will not be playing a re-invented Bourne but rather a new character entirely.

      That said, Damon and Greengrass have both expressed interest in coming back for another one after Legacy (probably only if Legacy is a success) so here’s to hoping that actually happens!

  10. Ya know can’t the Borne Trilogy production company just let that one go and create the same with at least a different name?

    Do we really identify with Jason Bourne so much that we need to recast the role. Gimmme a fraken break the films were good but generic,,, I can’t believe they think will pay off more then just a new idea/character,,,

    Lame.

  11. Finally, we can see a non-shaky camera Bourne movie since the 1st one n i hav faith in Gilroy will handle this well. Besides, Gilroy cn cast actors he wanted to cast for the lead role for other roles. There’s no need to worry ab Renner’s acting since he has nominated oscars twice. I believe he’ll portray an assassin tat is as awesome as Damon n definitely looking forward to see him in Mi4…

  12. Renner looks GREAT as our new action star! I am still waiting for someone to play Jake Linnear from Lustbader’s NINJA series!

  13. WTF! Jason bourn not the lead! Come on what’s going to happen with what’s her name, I forget, clearly they where together! And at the end of the 3rd movie they left it open….. I mean come on what happened to Hollywood! Anyway still going to check it out, it’s a new story and I think they should change the name. Sounds to me the using it for publicity!

  14. Jason bourn not the lead! Come on what’s going to happen with what’s her name, I forget, clearly they where together! And at the end of the 3rd movie they left it open….. I mean come on what happened to Hollywood! Anyway still going to check it out, it’s a new story and I think they should change the name. Sounds to me the using it for publicity!

  15. WTF!Come on what’s going to happen with what’s her name, I forget, clearly they where together! And at the end of the 3rd movie they left it open….. I mean come on what happened to Hollywood! Anyway still going to check it out. Sounds to me the using it for publicity!

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