The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner-style
It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the “new stars carrying old movies.” Actor Jeremy Renner – who was scintillating in Ben Affleck’s 2010 movie The Town, and had won an Academy Award (for Best Actor, no less) in 2009’s The Hurt Locker. His turn in the Tom Cruise engine Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol only served to push his name to the very top of rising male actors, and there probably isn’t a better character for him to play at this point than Jason Bourne.
Renner’s character is another super-soldier from a parallel program to Bourne’s ill-fated Treadstone, called Program: Outcome. The situation Agent Renner finds himself in is a mess of Treadstone’s failures and the events of the previous three Bourne films, from which he must somehow extricate himself using his skills and resources. Franchise mainstays David Straitharn returns as CIA Deputy Director Nathan Vosen, Albert Finney returns as deadly doctor Albert Hirsch (the government’s behavior-modification guy responsible for breaking the men who would someday become super-soldiers), Joan Allen as the formidable but sympathetic CIA agent Pamela Landy. They are joined by new actors Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac and actresses Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach.
Thankfully, the split between the signature Bourne character, Matt Damon – who opted to depart from the franchise after director Paul Greengrass called it quits – and Universal wasn’t at all acrimonious; leaving at least door-crack chance of Damon returning down the line in the hugely-successful franchise, either teaming-up with Renner’s character or going up against him.
The Bourne Legacy opens very late summer 2012 on August 3; hopefully there will be another trailer between now and then to show us more.