'The Bourne Legacy' Wants Jeremy Renner

'Sucker Punch' actor Oscar Isaac was director Tony Gilroy's top choice, although Universal Pictures didn't sign off on him.
Jeremy Renner offered the lead in The Bourne Supremacy
Jeremy Renner offered the lead in The Bourne Supremacy
Several names have been thrown about to star in director Tony Gilroy's spin-off The Bourne Legacy, with the latest being Jeremy Renner.

It seems Tony Gilroy was interested in casting Oscar Isaac, who currently stars in Sucker Punch, but Universal Pictures didn't approve of the actor, for unknown reasons. Earlier today, an offer went out to Jeremy Renner to topline this new adventure.

Just last week, we reported that actors such as Joel Edgerton, Garrett Hedlund, Dominic Cooper, and Luke Evans were screen testing for the role. Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, and Logan Marshall-Green have also been mentioned in connection with this highly-coveted part.

Tony Gilroy, who wrote the previous three Jason Bourne movies, will direct The Bourne Legacy from his own screenplay. This new story will borrow the title from Robert Ludlum's book, but won't implement the story. Little is known about the plot, except that it will not feature Jason Bourne, at least not in the present day. The project will leave room for Matt Damon to return for future installments.

The Bourne Legacy was released August 10th, 2012 and stars Jeremy Renner, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy, Michael Chernus, Corey Stoll, Alice Gainer. The film is directed by Tony Gilroy.



Sources: Latino Review

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  1. Messenger

    @meiray

    If being in a film that won best picture at the Oscars doesn't make you an A-list actor I don't know what does.

    3 years agoby @messengerFlag

  2. Meiray

    Eh. He's a good actor, and not every leading man needs to be gorgeous, but I don't really see this guy as an automatic go-to for relaunching less-than-dead franchises that star bonefide A-listers.

    3 years agoby @meirayFlag

  3. the Narrator

    @2movieguys... the Bourne franchise is one of the biggest action franchises of the past decade, maybe even all time. Renner wouldn't be selling out if he got the lead role in the spin-off; he'd be moving up. Your logic is often times... non-existent?

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. CelluloidDreams

    Nooooooooooooooooo don't sell ou!!!!!!!!!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  5. ChiRep_1

    Thumbs up to Renner, thumbs down to everything else about the movie... Unless Damon is confirmed for a cameo at the least it won't earn my money.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  6. skywise

    Well if they HAVE to do this then Renner is by far my favorite choice for...whatever role he is playing.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. the Narrator

    ..no one is replacing Damon's character, guys. Seriously.

    Whoever they cast is playing a character who is also in the Agency. We basically see through that characters eyes, as he uncovers more truths about the Treadstone program, as well as the ramifications of Bourne's actions in the past few films. It's a spin-off, to make the studio money (obviously), as well as show that more is going on in the agency than just Bourne's immediate involvement, which is pretty realistic. While this is still not the greatest idea, at least they're trying to make this legitimately good, and have it stand on it's own until Greengrass and Damon are good and ready for a new film. Remember, they're not necessarily available at the same time for a Bourne feature, and the studio won't leave one of their few money making franchises' alone. What do you expect them to do? Do something original? Don't be blasphemous. this is just the lesser of two evils, and one we may even enjoy and appreciate.

    Gilroy's a talented writer and a pretty good director. If anyone can make up for the fact that Universal's attempting to milk this beloved franchise, it's him. I sound like a broken record whenever news on this feature pops up. F*cking tiring.

    As for renner's involvement, I don't know. He has a franchise coming up, as others have mentioned, and I feel like whoever this agent is, they shouldn't necessarily be manly and bad-ass. If I remember correctly, we'd follow a lower level associate type guy on a search for the truth or something, and I feel a less "bad-ass" actor would be more appropriate, so as not to make the character seem Bournish, but rather a paper boy in over his head, etc. That's just me, and my memory may be off.

    For those screaming for Damon, don't worry. They'll leave the door open for Bourne to come back, so long as Damon and Greengrass actually want to.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. The Dark Knight

    He is perfect for the role hes done a decade of movies where he plays action roles he perfectly suited

    3 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  9. Messenger

    If anyone to replace Damon it's Renner, he is awesome!

    3 years agoby @messengerFlag

  10. Writer220

    Awesome actor and I can't get enough of him.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  11. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Sad to say we dont want him! Sorry Renner you are a great actor but the OBurne series is being played with, and tweaked, whether instead of it being part of that Legacy why not chnage key themes referring to OBurne and make it a new series, i just cant fathom why they dont leave it alone!?

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  12. Emmytt

    @cupid agreed

    3 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  13. CUPID

    The whole bourne series is dead to me now if Matt out.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  14. Pjwolsker

    thats true. he did get Mission Impossible and he might take the series over after the next one

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  15. K.Guy

    Matt, come back PLEASE!!!!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  16. K-Man

    Nooo!! I'm getting tired of this guy! He's comes across as too damn arrogant too.

    Besides, I wanted to see Joel Edgerton get the role. He seems like a star in the making.

    Fat_Jesus is right, Jeremy doesn't need this.....mission impossible is coming out later this year and it's even been rumored that the mantel is being passed on from Tom to Jeremy to continue the series. If that's true, Jeremy doing both franchises will be overkill.

    3 years agoby @k-manFlag

  17. SherlockHolmes2009

    Yo sign him up. He'll make the film watchable

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  18. Fat_Jesus

    He's already got Mission Impossible. He doesn't need this.

    3 years agoby @fat-jesusFlag

  19. Pjwolsker

    the chance of me watching this just went up a little

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  20. Dan

    And they aren't vying for the role of Jason Bourne. Get that through your thick skulls...

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. Dan

    Renner is just a natural bad ass. AND he can act. Can't say the same for Statham, who's the same bland person in every movie. Limited range, indeed.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Xybernetic

    Jeremy Renner is one of those guys that you would agree to play just about any role....besides Statham hes my next top pick for Bourne.

    3 years agoby @xyberneticFlag

  23. Dan

    Sign him up. That's the first sensible thing I've read concerning this movie.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag