Jeremy Renner has doubled-down on spy franchises. Next month he joins the IMF in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and next year he’ll be the new face of the Bourne franchise by starring in The Bourne Legacy. For those unfamiliar with the new Bourne, the role of Jason Bourne hasn’t been recast. Instead, Renner’s character will play another agent from the same Treadstone program. Renner tells Empire that his character is named “Aaron Cross, but he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it’s a new program and new characters.”
Hit the jump for more on what Renner says we can expect from the new Bourne. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX on December 16th and goes nationwide on December 21st. The Bourne Legacy opens August 3, 2012. Renner also stars in the two other 2012 tentpole movies: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (March 2nd) and The Avengers (May 4th).
While The Bourne Legacy will have “a new program and new characters,” Renner tells Empire that Treadstone is still in the mix:
“Yeah, it’s that same deal, it’s just a new set of agents with a different leash. It’s the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you’ll know it’s a Bourne movie.”
Tony Gilroy, who wrote the previous three Bourne movies, takes the director’s chair for the new installment, so it makes sense that Legacy will be able to maintain the general feel of the previous movies (or in all likelihood, the previous two flicks since Greengrass’ Bournes are more memorable than Doug Liman’s first installment).