First Look at Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy'

first look at Jeremy Renner in the Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy
Photo: Universal Pictures

Jeremy Renner is becoming quite the action star with the potential for taking over the Mission: Impossible franchise, to a role as Hawkeye in The Avengers and now picking up where Matt Damon left off in The Bourne Legacy.

Details are trickling out about the film as Renner recently opened up to Empire, telling the film mag, "My character is called 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 programme and new characters." Just above you get your first look at Renner as Cross courtesy of USA Today.

In this new film Tony Gilroy returns to direct the franchise he helped kick off serving as screenwriter on the first three films. Here he explores an original story that introduces us to Aaron Cross (Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

Renner continued discussing the film adding, "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."

Joining Renner and also new to the franchise are Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles from previous films.

As for Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, he's not in the film, but as Gilroy said last October, "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project... The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive."

The Bourne Legacy hits theaters on August 3, 2012.

  • Yaz

    I don't understand... If Bourne isn't even in the film, why are they calling it Bourne Legacy?

    • Moviefan

      It's Bourne's Legacy. I'm fine with that, even with them trying to get some cash out of the "Bourne" thing.
      I haven't seen Renner in any of his films yet. Maybe (hopefully) he can pull it off.
      I would love to see Damon again as Jason Bourne though (preferably without Greengrass and his shaky cam. It might be artistic but it's not for me. I'd like to see the action. And Damon could pull it off as we saw in The Bourne Identity) but I fear his story is already told.
      I'll go watch this, I won't see it as a "Bourne film" though.
      Maybe they do another film with both Damon and Renner. That would be cool. One can hope.

    • Kob

      Well i think the clue is in the title with the word Legacy, no?

      Dpes anyone know if this a new story or if it is based on The Bourne Legacy book by Eric Lustbader?

  • Philip

    I believe we might understand why is it called "Bourne LEGACY", if we get to watch the full feature. I get to understand from this article why so it's called.

    • MWHollywood85

      I also understand; the Legacy that Bourne has left. I think some uninformed audience members might feel a bit confused/ripped off when Matt Damon doesn't show up though.

  • Yaz

    I get that it's the same 'universe', but with a set of different characters with different names, I just find it odd their still naming the film 'Bourne'... I mean, aside from the fact their hoping to capitalize financially off the name.

    Anyway, hoping it's a good one. I liked all the Bourne films. They were good times.

  • Alex Roggio

    I feel like passing on this one. Feels like a way to take people's money. I bet it will flop.

  • Scott

    As long as there's no amnesia or agency-vs-its-own-agent plot. That's done with, and it was unnecessary even in Bourne Ultimatum. What sold the masses on the Bourne movies was not amnesia or the double-cross angle. What people liked was that it was fast-paced, didn't over-explain simple things, and mainly that Bourne was SMART. The best moments were those when Bourne thought fast on his feet, improvising, the anti-Bond with no gadgets to rely on. I'm sure this one will have the chase scene, the agent fighting with a handy object (already done pen, magazine, and book) which I guess is Bourne formula ("Bormula"?) now, but really, it's the character's ability to think his way out of a jam that gave me the jolt of energy watching those movies.

  • Winchester

    I think I'm going to have to see the trailer for this to gauge my interest.

    I really like the Bourne films but this is going to have a harder time getting off the ground I think thanks to the fact that Damon is out now that his character's arc got concluded. But I think that the more real world setting of this type of spy story will suit Renner better than any sort of inclination to have him replace Cruise in Mission in the future.

    This won't do Bourne Ultimatum style numbers. I'd think it may struggle to equal the first Bourne film's take from 2002 unless it ends up really good.

  • Highland

    So is he taking over every franchise now? Rumor is he will be taking over Mission Impossible, now the Bourne series? Am I going to see him replace Craig in both Girl Who Played with Fire and the Bond series?