Jeremy Renner Offered the Lead in Tony Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy'
It's official. Deadline is reporting that Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead as the "new" Bourne in Universal's upcoming Tony Gilroy directed The Bourne Legacy. Not only is he the new super spy taking over Mission Impossible, he's also Hawkeye in the Marvel Universe, and now he's taking over Robert Ludlum's Bourne series, too. Hollywood must really love Jeremy Renner. Deadline says that he is "expected to sign on quickly to play a new character in the spinoff film that begins production in September." Bourne is back, but… without Bourne. Earlier Joel Edgerton was rumored, but it's now Renner's role to take.
Deadline says that Universal's decision was made today. "The studio felt clearly that he was in a position similar to where [Matt] Damon was when his career took off with Bourne." While I agree with that, I think they're pushing it a little too far having him take on another massive franchise like this, it may be too much. "There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter… this is a stand-alone project," Gilroy said about this reboot last year. Renner will play an operative from a "covert government program that is even more dangerous than the program that hatched Bourne." Other actors like Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans were also contenders, but after kicking ass in The Hurt Locker and The Town, both of which earned him Oscar nominations, it's Renner's new gig. We will keep you updated! Satisfied?