Edward Norton in Talks to Play the Villain in THE BOURNE LEGACY

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Director Tony Gilroy is looking to cast a big name as the villain in The Bourne Legacy, with Variety reporting that Edward Norton is now in negotiations to take on the role. After a lengthy casting search, the powers-that-be finally settled on Jeremy Renner take on the lead role in the Matt Damon-less reboot. Gilroy wrote the script for the film, which will take place in the same universe as the first three Bourne Identity flicks, though the character of Jason Bourne will be absent (which pretty much renders the “Bourne” in the title moot, save for franchise recognition). Rachel Weisz is also onboard to star in the film. Hit the jump for more.

tony_gilroy_imageThough Damon and Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass are absent, the actor has previously stated that as long as Legacy leaves the door open for his character to come back, he would be eager to return once again with Greengrass at the helm. However, if the A-list casting is any indication, Gilroy is looking to start a franchise of his own with Legacy.

It’ll be interesting to see how this film shapes up. Gilroy wrote the first three Bourne flicks, and I’m a fan of his previous directorial efforts Michael Clayton and Duplicity, so he’s certainly go the chops to pull it off. Though I’m curious to see how a Bourne film will turn out with bigger name actors playing the supporting parts. The previous films have very much been focused on the Bourne character, so I’m interested to see how much screentime Gilroy will be giving the villain, or if we’ll be switching point-of-views frequently. Filming begins soon, with an August 3rd, 2012 release date looming overhead.




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  • tommy

    Is it going to be kinda weird to have Renner as the lead in both the Bourne and Mission Impossible reboot trilogies

    • tazmaniak

      What’s even weirder is they’re trying to revitalize these 2 franchises, yet they hire an actor who is almost 41 years old.

      Assuming they space 3 years between this and the next Mission Impossible, Renner will be going on 44 when it comes out.

      Tom Cruise was 34 when he started the films and they squeezed 4 films out of him.How many do they think they’ll get out of Renner.

      And what about the born films?Damon is only 3 months older than Renner.You don’t reboot a 10 year old franchise with an actor who is the same age as the previous star.

      I really like the actor, but he’s no spring chicken.Mission Impossible opens December 2011, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens March 2012, The Avengers opens May 2012 and The Bourne Legacy opens August 2012.What 40 year old actor in his right mind is going to take on 4 back to back action films like that?

      • chris

        You’re saying they’re not going to make any money because there are at least four movies in a year span? How is that back to back? Besides, neither Hansel and Gretel or the Avengers are even in the same genre as the Bourne movies.

  • Odion

    I like Renner so good for him. The Hurt Locker really got his career of the ground. Why are people saying they are rebooting the MI franchise? I didnt realise the next movie is planned to be part of a bigger picture?

  • tazmaniak

    No, I wasn’t saying the movies won’t make money.

    I was talking about how odd it was for a 40 year old actor to take on filming 4 back to back action films.

    Mission Impossible – filmed from Setember 2010-March 2011
    Hansel and Gretel – filming from March 2011-????
    The Avengers – filming from April 2011-????
    The Bourne Legacy – filming from fall 2011-????

    That’s a helluva schedule.

    I was mostly commenting on the actor, himself.They’re trying to ensure the longevity of the Mission Impossible and Bourne franchises, so it makes sense to hire actors who are somewhere around 30.Why hire a 40 year old actor who is going to age out of the role in a few years?

    That’s what I was saying.It was nothing about the profitability of the movies.

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