Friday, 22 April 2011

Jeremy Renner In The Bourne Legacy


According to Deadline, Universal announced today that it has offered the lead in the new film, The Bourne Legacy, to actor Jeremy Renner. With production set to begin in September, this new movie centers around an operative from a covert government program similar to, but much more dangerous than the Treadstone program that spawned Bourne. The film will be written and directed by Terry Gilroy, who also wrote the first three Bourne films.


Universal tested several other actors including Joel Edgerton, Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper. After careful consideration, the studio elected to go with Renner, who will be playing Tom Cruise's protege in the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. He's also slated to star as Hawkeye in the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers and his character has a cameo in Thor. He's also battling evil magic in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Renner really seems to be hitting his stride since his Oscar-nominated performance in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. He's a strong actor with great presence that will certainly match Damon's. Do you think Renner has what it takes to wear the Bourne mantle?






8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not crazy with the studio's decision to replace Damon. (Reminds me of Baldwin being booted in favor of Ford as Jack Ryan.)

Melissa Bradley said...

@Alex Oh I know! I could not believe that they dumped Alec in favor of Harrison. I like Ford, but that was just wrong.

Matthew Vanacore said...

I like Renner. And his career is definitely flying off the launching pad post-The Hurt Locker. It'll be interesting to see if he can really anchor a big franchise on his own faculties. I hope he nails it.

DEZMOND said...

nyah, I don't really know what Hollywood sees in Renner, he's nothing special, and I even found him rude and ignorant quite a few times during some of his interviews.

Melissa Bradley said...

@Matt I, too, am interested to see if he has that star quality to hold this franchise. The Bourne films really sky-rocketed Matt Damon's career.

Melissa Bradley said...

@Dez I have not seen too much of Renner, but what I did see was pretty good. I've not seen him in an interview, though. Maybe with this new vehicle, he'll be a better subject.

Mind Of Mine said...

I really like Renner and I think he is ready to handle a project like this! I look forward to seeing this.

Melissa Bradley said...

@Mind of Mine I look forward to seeing where Renner takes his character. It should be very interesting.