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Edward Norton to Play the Villain in Tony Gilroy's New 'Bourne Legacy'

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July 12, 2011
Source: Variety

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Some juicy new casting news to throw your way this evening. Variety is reporting a big scoop that Oscar nominated actor Edward Norton, out shooting Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, is "in negotiations" to play the the villain in Universal's The Bourne Legacy opposite Jeremy Renner. The film is being directed by Tony Gilroy and also has Rachel Weisz attached to star. Unfortunately, they don't have any details on the character or story, except that it's about "another assassin who seeks his identity" that isn't Jason Bourne, as we've known for a while. Either way, it's awesome to see Norton back in a good role with potential like this.

Frank Marshall, Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are producing The Bourne Legacy, and it's supposed to start shooting in September. Unfortunately because it is a mysterious new Bourne film, not many other details are known about it yet, including what exactly the story is. As for Edward Norton, he last appeared in a few films like Stone and Leaves of Grass (a great flick), as well as Pride and Glory and The Incredible Hulk, so I'm excited about his potential to play a villain in something like this - I love seeing Norton really get into characters. That's all the info they have, but we'll keep our eyes out for more. Sound like good casting?

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  • Anonymous
    Yes! Renner + Weisz + Norton = Winning
  • MiKa
    Norton is BOSS in everything he does..
  • Day
    This is very good news! Great cast, director/ screenwriter thus far. 
  • Smendoza
    I think this movie is about edward notron seeking revenge for mark ruffalo taking his identity as bruce banner.
  • Loser
    Miracle of heaven, I`m in
  • rocKKicker
    great cast, but isnt renner taking over mission impossible as well?
  • Kaosupreme
    You know what would be a sick twist? If this was a prequel to Renner's character in the MI series, I mean it is hinted that no one knows who he is or where he came from by the trailer...that way he isnt over lapping characters and submitting the world to trying to keep up with two spy identities in two separate movie franchises...The Bourne franchise can show the grit while the MI franchise could how the glam of spy life...
  • Xerxexx
    awesome.
  • grimjob
    I love Norton. Definitely one of my favorite actors. Just watched Leaves of Grass, and he was great! As always.
    • JL
      Even knowing going in that it's just one man playing twins, not actual twins, still doesn't prepare you for that.  He still had me convinced that I was watching two separate people interact.
      • grimjob
        Absolutely.
  • Loser
    One sequel I really want to see and could be as good or better as the great original movie is American History X. That could be an Oscar winning movie with Oscar winnig performances.
  • Anonymous
    He was good as the bad guy in the entertaining Italian Job remake.
  • Atlbravesatl10
    Without Matt Damon they might as well change the name of the movie. The director is an idiot for creating this disaster not doing whatever it takes to have him in this. I know many people who won't even care to see it now.
  • Whatiswrongwithus
    Edward FUCKING Norton! The man's a legend!

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