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Jeremy Renner to Star in The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner to Take Over Bourne: Spot On or So Wrong?

Jason Bourne is about to get a new identity. Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead in The Bourne Legacy, the next movie in the Bourne franchise. It's the first film in which Matt Damon won't appear as Bourne, and director Tony Gilroy has been seeking a replacement for the star, which he has apparently found in Renner. Renner won't be playing Jason Bourne — his character will be someone distinct from the role Damon embodied.

Renner has been in high demand lately; the Oscar-nominated actor was tapped to star in MI:4 and replace Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible franchise. He seems to be the go-to guy to take over for other stars, but does he have what it takes to be the new face of the Bourne movies?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
Renner is just as good of an actor as Matt Damon, if not better. I think this casting is brilliant in that he can pull off the action demands as well as the dramatic aspects of the series. The only issue I would consider that he is not at all in the point of his career or in possession of the star power that Damon has now or had when he did the first Bourne. It doesn't matter to me, but a lot of viewers might be less inclined to go watch a movie with "that guy from The Hurt Locker."
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 5 years
I just don't get it. Why not discontinue the franchise? They won't make him play Bourne anyway. Make a different movie! He's a good actor and I bet he'll do great in a new one. The Bourne films has Matt Damon all over it.
stone_soup stone_soup 5 years
Totally agree with KWM. He's just a very different actor from Matt Damon.
likethedirection likethedirection 5 years
Hmm. Great actor. Not nearly as nice on the eyes as Matt Damon is (or was).
KWM KWM 5 years
I love Jeremy Renner but he is NO Matt Damon!
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