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Albert Finney & Joan Allen Return For 'The Bourne Legacy'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 26, 2011 10:33 AM
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Well, well. While reports have been saying that the newest installment in the Bourne franchise would be shying away, it looks like the key figures of Operation Treadstone won't all be relegated to the rearview.

Albert Finney, who played Dr. Albert Hirsch who spearheaded Operation Treadstone's behavior modification program and Joan Allen who stepped in the role of Deputy Director Pamela Landy are now returning to "The Bourne Legacy" to reprise their respective roles in Tony Gilroy's film. It's a helluva interesting twist to the casting, providing a link to the Matt Damon-led trilogy that we're curious to see play out. If you recall, at the end of "The Bourne Ultimatum" the successor program, Operation Blackbriar had been closed pending a criminal investigation. Could Hirsch and Allen be rebooting it in secret? Or perhaps they've simply kickstarted a new program with similar intentions but it seems their plans to create super, lethal agents may still be in play.

The duo join an entirely new cast for the franchise sequel -- yes, it takes place after the previous film, just focusing on an agent who is not Jason Bourne -- with Jeremy Renner leading the way, Rachel Weisz and Oscar Isaac also on board and Edward Norton filling out the villain role. The film has also been written by Gilroy -- who has had a hand in all the scripts for the series thus far -- so it will be a world he's innately familiar with. Filming will begin soon and an August 2012 release date has been pegged. [Variety]

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4 Comments

  • mbourne | July 27, 2011 1:26 AMReply

    good! this sounds promising actually I'm no Damon fan so I'm actually more excited about this one than previous.

  • Blue | July 26, 2011 12:02 PMReply

    Pamela Landy was actually never a part of Treadstone/Blackbriar - that's why she spent all of Supremacy asking for access to the Treadstone files. So I don't think she would be teaming up with the guy who was put in prison at the end of Ultimatum to start a program she was firmly against.

    BTW, I thought Albert Finney was kind of a letdown as the final badguy in Ultimatum. He seemed really medicated.

  • Mr Anonymous | July 26, 2011 11:43 AMReply

    Anyone else get the feeling that if Joan Allen and Albert Finney are returning then there's a very good chance Matt Damon may make a cameo appearance? Just sayin! ;-)

    Don't be surprised if it happens.

  • BuntyHoven | July 26, 2011 11:05 AMReply

    The more I hear about it, the more grateful I am it's not a complete reboot. Imagine going back to the origin story and doing the whole Treadstone stuff again from square one. Boring. At least this way we do get something a bit new.

    Joan Allen looks like the blue Avatar lady.

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