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Jeremy Renner Talks About His Role In 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' & The Ensemble World Of 'The Avengers'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 15, 2011 11:58 AM
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Since 2009, Jeremy Renner has established himself as the go-to guy for characters with mysterious pasts and unpredictable futures. In fact, he’s so good at it, he got two Oscar nominations in a row playing them in “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.” In “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Renner plays another character, Will Brandt, whose history is linked in unrevealed ways to the series’ longtime hero, Ethan Hunt, and in perhaps predictable form, Renner is reluctant to say too much about Brandt, even in an interview about the film.

Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Provides Worthwhile Thrills In A Disappointingly Unimaginative Package

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 7, 2011 7:30 AM
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“Mission: Impossible” is that rarest of franchises, where it seems unnecessary, or even irrelevant, to compare one installment to another. Because each film was shepherded into existence by a different filmmaker, and in all cases by one branded an “auteur,” they all seem to exist independently, demonstrating strengths and weaknesses none of the others have. And “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” falls perfectly in line with its predecessors: helmed by Brad Bird, whose combination of brisk action and humanizing comedy made Pixar’s “The Incredibles” such a winner, the fourth film is its own entity, a bemusing but visceral thriller that ups the series’ stakes while staying true to its core concepts. But bereft of the unifying concept each of the previous films had – or depending on one’s opinion, that they lacked – 'Ghost Protocol' is a fun but mostly empty adventure story that operates with the rote predictability of a middling ‘90s James Bond movie rather than a benchmark-setting actioner or even seasonal “event movie.”

First Look: Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton In 'Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 2, 2011 12:00 PM
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They're dressed in black, they look tough and they have weapons: here's your first look at Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton ("Clash Of The Titans") in the upcoming "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," yet another addition to the becoming-overpopulated modern fairy tale redo; this one based on a Brothers Grimm tale.

Jeremy Renner Says 'The Bourne Legacy' Will Be The Familiar Franchise You Know, But With Brand New Faces

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 30, 2011 2:04 PM
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After delivering acclaimed performances in ensemble projects like “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town,” Jeremy Renner is poised on the edge of mainstream success, especially given the fact that his next role finds him sharing the screen with Tom Cruise in the highly anticipated sequel, “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.” But after that, he'll be in a lead role in “The Bourne Legacy,” and Renner told The Playlist that his work in 'Mission: Impossible' more than prepared him for his next action franchise. “Tom [Cruise] has prepared me for, especially ‘Bourne,’ but all of them – ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and then ‘The Avengers,” he said during press rounds this week in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Renner Talks James Gray's Period Pic 'Low Life' & Reveals Developing Steve McQueen Biopic Will Go Beyond What You Already Know

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 30, 2011 10:07 AM
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With “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “The Avengers” scheduled for release in the next year, A-list stardom seems inevitable for Jeremy Renner. But the actor, who made his name in independent and ensemble projects like “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town,” insists that he is interested in a wide variety of opportunities, not just the ones with the biggest box office potential. Speaking to The Playlist during press rounds for 'Mission: Impossible,' Renner explained he’s eager to start work on a project co-written and directed by James Gray, first announced over the summer.

Jeremy Renner Reveals Some 'Bourne Legacy' Details; Says He Talked To Matt Damon About The Role & Had His Worries About Taking It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2011 10:39 AM
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What's "The Bourne Legacy," the newest film in the franchise without Matt Damon, all about? Well, it's directed by Tony Gilroy who steered "Michael Clayton" to seven Oscar nominations for his first feature-length effort, it's lead by heir-apparent star Jeremy Renner ("Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Hurt Locker") and it also includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, and returning members of the 'Bourne' franchise Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and Albert Finney.

Watch: Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner Show The Lighter Side Of 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' In New Clip

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 9:40 AM
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Jeremy Renner Is Going To Rob Banks Again In 'King Of Heists'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 8:39 AM
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While Jeremy Renner isn't a household name just yet, that should all change by this time next year. Taking a page from the Jude Law playbook -- always a risky move -- the actor will have major roles in no less than four movies in the next year including "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "The Avengers" and "The Bourne Legacy." And with two Oscar nominations already to his name, Renner is putting aside the tentpole material at least for a moment, and signing on for a project that will hopefully replicate the success of "The Town."

Matt Damon Hasn't Got Time For Your 'Bourne Legacy' Shenanigans

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 1:00 AM
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For a while, the rumor was floating that the spinoff film "The Bourne Legacy" would in some way utilize Matt Damon's Jason Bourne character, possibly in a cameo. Hell, the guy's already in the title. This ignores the politics of tentpole moviemaking, as the very act of rebooting serves many strategies, one of them being, "We're sick of paying the people who bring us success." So even with the 'Bourne' franchise achieving ever-escalating box office grosses ($442 million worldwide on the last entry), Damon, director Paul Greengrass and Universal couldn't reach a suitable agreement regarding a fourth film, leading to the significantly cheaper team of director Tony Gilroy and star Jeremy Renner.

Edward Norton To Play 'The Bourne Legacy' Villain Opposite Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2011 12:49 PM
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Damn, this is major fine casting. Edward Norton is in negotiations to play the villain in Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" which is already set to star "The Hurt Locker" lead Jeremy Renner. Currently there are no further details on Norton's role, how it will play into Gilroy's continuation of the 'Bourne' saga, but we know that Matt Damon won't be returning and by all accounts this is a side-story that exists within the realm of the greater 'Bourne' universe.

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