Jeremy Renner Offered ‘The Bourne Legacy’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Just last week there was a total of six up-and-coming actors shortlisted as potentials to headline The Bourne Legacy for Universal Pictures. Now word has gotten out that the studio is prepped to send out an offer to star in the spinoff sequel to none other than the seemingly ubiquitous, multiple Oscar-nominee, Jeremy Renner.

To clarify that last comment: Renner is currently working on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, will be starring alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol this winter, and is already set to become Hawkeye in next year’s The Avengers.

While Bourne 4 shares its name with Eric Van Lustbader’s 2004 novel, Bourne Legacy will be an original creation penned and directed by Bourne Ultimatum co-screenwriter Tony Gilroy. The project is described as not being a requel (a rebooting sequel, that is) but instead a story set within the Bourne-verse that involves a new government agent/assassin – and would allow for Matt Damon to return as Jason Bourne in a fifth film, if he desires.

Latino Review got the scoop on an offer being sent out to Renner, but is also reporting that Oscar Isaac was Gilroy’s top choice to headline Bourne Legacy. While I personally have a harder time seeing Isaac play an efficient killing machine than RennerĀ - based off his performances as Prince John in Robin Hood and Blue from Sucker Punch – I might have said the same thing about Damon prior to his starring in The Bourne Identity. Plus, Gilroy is a solid filmmaker, so I’m inclined to trust his judgement.

Oscar Isaac in Sucker Punch Jeremy Renner Offered The Bourne Legacy

Emily Browning opposite Isaac in 'Sucker Punch'.

Renner, however, is apparently the man Universal prefers for Bourne Legacy – and despite his involvement with multiple big franchise titles arriving over the next two years, Renner’s schedule should allow him to appear in the Bourne flick if he so chooses. Expect to hear an official announcement on that matter in the very near future.

Many a fan has been vocal about their disinterest in this fourth Bourne pic, especially since neither Damon or director Paul Greengrass is connected to it. I would agree that Bourne Ultimatum was a solid conclusion to the Bourne trilogy and nicely wrapped up any lingering plot threads from its predecessors. So it’s rather difficult (read: near impossible) for me to argue that we need another film set within the continuity of the previous Bourne movies.

That said, in defense of Bourne Legacy: Gilroy demonstrated to be more than an efficient screenwriter with his tightly constructed directorial debut, Michael Clayton, and Renner arguably proved himself to be quite the powerhouse actor in both The Hurt Locker and last year’s The Town – and was awarded with an Oscar nod on each occasion for his effort. So the potential combination of those two talents is something to pay attention to.

The Bourne Legacy is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters on August 3rd, 2012. Are you more interested in seeing it now that Renner may be starring?

Source: Latino Review

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  1. Jeremy is a great choice. He is one hell of a good actor!

  2. Man,Renner is on everything right now. I can definately see him in the Bourne universe as an assassin. He did a great job in Hurt Locker. He has that military/cop tough guy act down. Good news.

    • Mugato: That Renner is soo hot right now.

  3. i’m a HECK of a lot less interested now that i find out that it’s being directed by the writer director of Michael Clayton. Boring!

  4. Wouldn’t this interfere with Avengers? But I guess he won’t have a big role in Whedon’s film.

  5. Please “Bourne” this thing by strangling it in its sleep.

  6. If Renner gets this role I might actually have some interest in this film …

  7. i like him as actor but jason bourne is matt damon

    • I feel the same Jason Bourne is Matt Damon, but Renner is playing another assassin/government agent who is part of the same Bourne-verse. In other words, he completely different character with the same training and job as Jason Bourne. This could work.

      • Bull. Semantics. They want to hire a cheaper actor and sign him to a multi-picture deal, which Damon always refused to do. Studio Greed. Period.

        • lol…maybe..

  8. he’d be my choice, He’s great! I hope he doesn’t get over used and we get sick of him.

    • Yea that worries me too. I do like the casting though.

  9. haven’t this picture been used already, hope he doesn’t mix up his lines with him doing Mission Impossible an all.

    • lol, very well put! :)

    • Bourne 4 = Mission Impossible 4 w/o explosions and effects.

  10. i think its weard i mean he is not Bourne and he had the same training as Bourne but why is the movie titeld The Bourne Legacy it’s the same if you called a movie Rambo with no Rambo

    • it’s exactly that. it’s The Bourne LEGACY. it’s his… legacy. what came after.

  11. i would give it a shot
    but without matt damon or paul greengrass, it does lack a lot

    still it might be good…..
    i still believe they’re trying to make money off a high successful trilogy. the bourne ultimatum was a very nice finish, they really don’t have to mess with the movie anymore.

    though i still don’t get how matt damon could return if he wants too. since the storyline is different from the jason bourne world…

    • it would be the same way that Vin Diesel could come back to the Fast and Furious franchise. (which i don’t get why he left. the first one sucked and he said he didn’t want to come back to the second one cuz it wasn’t good enough. tho apparently it was, by what i’ve heard, the best of the series. and now this last one was underwhelming. but i digress. lol.)

  12. I agree Renner is def a good choice for this role

  13. I’m thinking Renner is a little bit overrated, but I wasn’t taken in by The Hurt Locker, either. It was a fine movie, it just wasn’t amazing. I liked him better, actually, in The Town. Better film, anyway.

    I’ve got a sinking feeling that thesaurusrs is right. May be a stupid hollywood suit money grab for a cheaper actor. Maybe they sold it to him as a ‘vehicle’ or some crap.

    Once you move away from a main star – unless you get a better star (Alec Baldwin to Harrison Ford, for instance with Tom Clancy novels) it generally goes downhill (when they switched to Ben Affleck).

    Jeremy Renner is not better than Matt Damon.

  14. Jeremy Renner > Matt Damon

    Any other director > Paul Greengrass.

    Maybe we can finally get better camera work?

  15. Jen, 99% agree w your way of see this. Following your equation seems the most probable result will be a dissapointing not reboot of original Bourne’s movie series. Pity.