Jeremy Renner has been officially offered the lead role in “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth film in the “Bourne” series that featured Matt Damon as the titular hero in its first three films.
Renner would play a new character, distinct from Damon’s Jason Bourne, but who is also a Treadstone-bred assassin. “This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel,” series screenwriter Tony Gilroy explained about the new story in October. “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.”
Jeremy Renner is quickly becoming the face of the biggest in action franchises. He stars this summer in “Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol,” with Tom Cruise, from whom he is being groomed to assume the number one star mantle. He’ll also be a member of the hero ensemble in the Marvel teamup epic “The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon.