Tony Gilroy, who has previously directed Michael Clayton and Duplicity, is hoping to keep movie theaters freshly stocked with new Jason Bourne movies. Currently there are nine Bourne novels in existence, with a tenth on the way in 2012, so there is no shortage of material for the director to adapt to the big screen. Already he has written a script for The Bourne Legacy, and he intends to direct the film himself, so it seems like all systems should be go. The only problem is that Matt Damon is done with the series, so he’s going to have to find himself another actor to play the title character.
In a way, a changeover of actors is fitting for The Bourne Legacy. The first three novels in the Bourne series, which have all been adapted into films starring Damon, were written by Robert Ludlum. Starting with “Legacy” all of the rest of the sequels have been written by Eric Van Lustbader. If there was ever a time to change up some things about the film versions of Bourne’s adventures, then this is probably it, even though Gilroy has said that Legacy will have little to do with the established novel other than a shared title.
The Latino Review reports that Gilroy and company have decided that Jeremy Renner is the guy they’re looking for to fill Damon’s shoes, and an offer to star has been sent his way. Originally Gilroy wanted Sucker Punch actor Oscar Issac for the role, but somebody in charge must have actually watched that movie and realized that Issac’s performance was one of the most ridiculous things about a thoroughly ridiculous film. Thankfully that idea has been shelved. I think Renner will be a much better choice. We’ve already seen him play an adrenaline junky bomb squad member in The Hurt Locker, a meathead bank robber in The Town, and he’s set to play a smart mouthed, crack-shot archer in the upcoming Avengers. It’s looking like Renner has become the go-to guy when it comes to casting working class yet ultra competent badass characters. All he has to do is tone down a smidge of that ticking time bomb anger that he’s shown us so far, project something a little bit more calculating, and I think he would look right at home in the iconic normal guy clothes and standard short haircut of Jason Bourne…
Okay, so probably a lot of people would do fine with this role. All you’ve really got to do is look like you’re trying to figure things out and punch fast. What do you say Jeremy?