It’s been over a year since we learned that Matt Damon would not be reprising his role as Jason Bourne in the fourth installment of the film series, The Bourne Legacy, and about nine or so months since Jeremy Renner was announced as the new face of the franchise. Now, with about seven months to go until the spy thriller hits theaters, we finally have our first look at its new hero, killer agent Aaron Cross. Check out the first image after the jump.

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There’s a new Bourne movie planned for release less than a year from now: Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, which features Jeremy Renner as a new killer agent trained by the same people who put Jason Bourne (Matt Damon, who won’t be in this film) into action.

We don’t know too much about the new film aside from some of the cast (Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach and Scott Glenn) and the fact that this is a spin-off that establishes a parallel storyline to the existing Bourne movies, and may explain a few small details from those three films.

As he promotes Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jeremy Renner is starting to talk a bit about The Bourne Legacy, and you can read his first comments below. Read More »

When Universal gave Tony Gilroy a mandate to make a new Bourne film that might establish a series parallel to the existing trilogy starring Matt Damon, he pledged a story that would take place in the same world and expand upon some background elements seen in the three Damon films.

To that effect he has been recruiting actors who aren’t Matt Damon but who did play important roles in the existing trilogy. Not long ago he pulled in Joan Allen and Albert Finney to reprise their roles, and now he’s got Scott Glenn back in the fold as well. The actor will once again play CIA director Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Legacy. But not until after he plays a part in Precious director Lee Daniels‘ new film The Paperboy. Read More »

Stacy Keach is the latest actor added to the growing cast of Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, which stars Jeremy Renner as a new ultra-capable agent who emerges from the same training program that created Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. We don’t know Keach’s role, but do know that he will play alongside (or against) Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton in the film that acts as a parallel storyline to the three existing Bourne films. [Variety]

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Sequel news! Jon M. Chu is assembling the cast for G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes like a kid lining up action figure purchases after Comic Con. (Too labored? Sorry. I’m trying to work out of that SDCC mentality.)

He’s got Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Lee Byun-hun returning from the first film, and Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson, Elodie Yung, Adrianne Palicki, Stephen Martines, D.J. Cotrona, and RZA set for new roles. And now he’s got Joe Mazzello (The Pacific, The Social Network) playing Mouse. He’s “18-year-old Southern charmer,” who is reportedly meant to act as a lure to bring young ladies into the G.I. Joe audience. Seriously. [WhatsPlaying.au, confirmed by Deadline]

After the break, two previous Bourne actors are Bour… no, I”m not going to write that. But you get the idea. Read More »

Briefly: Jeremy Renner is going to lose his memory as the lead of Universal’s Jason Bourne spin-off franchise, which will be launched by a film called The Bourne Legacy. Now he may have an adversary in Edward Norton. The latter is in talks to play a character whose identity we do not yet know (appropriate for the Bourne series, I suppose) in the film that Tony Gilroy wrote and will direct. What a great choice that is — Ed Norton is perfectly suited for a pulpy but smart action/thriller, and we know that he can be supremely menacing when he decides to exude evil.

This is not a sequel to any of the existing Bourne films, per se, but a parallel storyline that takes place in the same world and involves some of the same political and intelligence machinations that led to the events in the three Matt Damon movies. The only other actor we know is on board is Rachel Weisz, who will play “an operative from a covert government program that is even more dangerous than the Treadstone brainwashing program that hatched Bourne.” [Variety]

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Now she’s also reportedly in ‘deep talks’ to play the female lead in The Bourne Legacy. Read More »

Late last week, we announced that Jeremy Renner had been offered the lead role in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the Bourne franchise and the first one not featuring title character Jason Bourne. The news came right on the heels of another report stating that director Tony Gilroy was pushing Aussie actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) for the part. Now another story reveals exactly how it came to be that Renner won the part that Gilroy wanted to give to Edgerton. Read more after the jump.

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Jeremy Renner has, inexplicably, become your new action franchise star. Well, it isn’t quite inexplicable: he’s a great actor who has left a mark on audiences with performances and scored consecutive Oscar nominations for his roles in The Hurt Locker and The Town. It’s just that it seemed at one point like he might go towards a career path that wasn’t so blockbuster-oriented. He just finished Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in a franchise for which he’s being groomed as the new lead. He’s shooting Hansel & gretel: Witch Hunters right now and then will jump into Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which likely locks him in as at least a Marvel Studios supporting player for some years to come.

And now Universal wants him for Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, as well. After being strongly rumored for the role that will succeed Matt Damon in the thriller series, an offer has now gone out to offer him the role. Read More »