A fourth installment in the Bourne franchise is coming and we know Matt Damon won’t be involved, nor will his character for which the film is named after. Instead, the story will follow a new character, another special ops assassin that came from another – apparently more dangerous – secret government recruitment/training program. Playing that character in The Bourne Legacy will be Jeremy Renner.
With presumably an entirely new cast, despite the film taking place in the same continuity and perhaps even the same time as the Bourne trilogy, Universal Pictures is currently looking for a leading lady for The Bourne Legacy and they want Rachel Weisz.
Selling a Bourne film without Matt Damon headlining will not be of concern for Universal with a cast led by Renner and Weisz, two of the highest profile actors in the business. Since The Hurt Locker, Renner has become the most in-demand talent, picking up roles including a soon-to-be-fan-favorite character in Marvel’s The Avengers next summer and the responsibility of taking over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise.
Weisz is also busy and may have some decisions to make with her being in talks to play Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the West, in Sam Raimi’s Oz: the Great and Powerful. Oz shoots this summer and The Bourne Legacy begins in September so we’ll have to see if Weisz is abot to work on either or better yet, both.
Are you interested in a Bourne-titled movie without the title character if Renner and Weisz headline the project? Don’t be surprised if the film features a surprise cameo by Matt Damon himself, leading to a fifth film with everyone involved. Damon already expressed interest in Bourne 5 if director Paul Greengrass came back with him to make it.
The Bourne Legacy is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters on August 3, 2012.
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