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 »

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Joel Edgerton has been around for years, but he’s only now beginning to get serious attention. He played Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels, Gawain in King Arthur, and had moments in Ned Kelley, Kinky Boots and Smokin’ Aces. More recently he’s been great in his brother’s film The Square and in Animal Kingdom. He’s one of the leads of Warrior (trailer here) and also of The Thing, which acts as prequel to John Carpenter’s sci-fi horror standard.

Universal must like his work in The Thing, because now he’s linked to two other huge films the studio is preparing to put into production: Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, and the Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White and the Huntsman. Read More »

Jeremy Renner for ‘The Bourne Legacy’?

Tony Gilroy has been working on securing a lead for the film and possible franchise that he and Universal are spinning off from the Bourne films. This isn’t a reboot, remember, put a sort of parallel set of stories that will mostly stand on their own but also shed some light on the existing Bourne movies.

We’ve heard about possible actors to lead the new film, and now an offer is reportedly going out to Jeremy Renner. Will he be the new Bourne… er, Bourne-like guy? Read More »

The last time we checked in on casting for The Bourne Legacy, it seemed that basically every male actor under a certain age was being considered for the lead. Now it looks like casting is narrowing down a bit as the film moves forward. We can’t say for sure which names have been eliminated, but we do know which actors are scheduled for screen tests at the moment: Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Garrett Hedlund (who, along with Alex Pettyfer, seems to be up for every major role in Hollywood these days). A few other names are still in the running as well. Read more after the jump.

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Oscar-nominated writer/director Tony Gilroy is looking for an assassin to replace Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth Bourne film, scheduled for release August 3, 2012. According to Variety, his list includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Deadline is reporting a much longer list though, which includes those names as well as Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker, though several might have scheduling conflicts. Read more about how Gilroy will come to a decision, and the film itself, after the jump. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »

Time for an incremental update on The Bourne Legacy, aka the fourth film in the Bourne series. Co-written by Tony and Dan Gilroy and directed by Tony Gilroy, the film will take place in the same murkily bureaucratic world of espionage as the other films in the series (which Tony Gilroy also wrote) but feature a new protagonist.

We’ve known that Matt Damon likely wouldn’t return in any capacity to play Jason Bourne in this chapter, and in a new chat Mr. Gilroy offers up a few more details about what we can expect to see in a Bourne film without the star that powered three previous pictures. Read More »

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When we heard that Tony Gilroy would be writing and directing the fourth Bourne film, called The Bourne Legacy, a lot of quesitons came to mind. Chief among them was whether Matt Damon might return as titular hero Jason Bourne.

Now Mr. Gilroy has cleared up some of the lingering questions, and put right a few details he didn’t think were properly reported in the first place. One big point is that there will be no Jason Bourne, and consequently no Matt Damon in the new film. Read More »

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