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Is Jeremy Renner Going To Get A Call From His Agent For 'The Bourne Legacy'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 1, 2011 11:08 AM
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There's no doubt that the Universal Bourne series spinoff "The Bourne Legacy" has been one of the biggest casting tickets in town. Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker have all been tossed around as potential actors to take on the next chapter in the franchise, but it appears one name has risen to the top that hasn't been mentioned yet.

Latino Review is reporting that Jeremy Renner will soon be receiving an offer for the lead role. Director Tony Gilroy has apparently been meeting with several actors over the past little while to find the right fit for whoever will take on the role in the ongoing saga, but remember, it won’t be the role of Jason Bourne. The door will be left open for Jason Bourne to return, so instead this installment of the series will likely focus on another agent enlisted in the clandestine Operation Treadstone.

It's easy to see why Universal would want Renner -- he's a two-time Oscar nominee that's graduating to franchise fare in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," yet he's likely still this side of affordable. Oh yeah, he's a phenomenal actor to boot. However, Latino Review suggest that internal politics might have kiboshed another actor.

The site suggest that Oscar Isaac (currently in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch"; and frankly, he was the best thing in it) was actually Tony Gilroy's top choice and the studio "didn't approve" for reasons which Latino Review won't reveal just yet, as they're saving it for an editorial (we'd wager the studio might be worried the Guatemala-born actor might not have as much international play as Renner).

This news seems to fit with what we've been hearing lately that Gilroy has been having trouble and has become somewhat frustrated in locking down his male lead. The director is insisting on screen-testing all the candidates—a move that might alienate the more established thespians—while the director and studio both have their own ideas as to who should take on the juicy lead role. So the question remains: is Renner a compromise? Is Gilroy not getting his way on casting?

All this to say, it's merely an offer story and by Monday we're sure more sides of the story will surface. But Renner as the next Bourne? Yeah, we can dig it.

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10 Comments

  • joey | April 2, 2011 2:56 AMReply

    I think Jeremy Renner is the best possible choice! He's old enough to be believable as a super-spy (unlike some of the people in the mix, like Alex Pettyfer, who is 21). He's gritty enough to be believable (unlike 90% of the people in the mix, like Toby MacGuire, Jake G., Alex Pettyfer and Kellan Lutz). And most importantly, he can ACT! One of the reasons that Bourne worked is Matt Damon - he's a great actor and he totally became the part. Jeremy Renner would do the same thing.

    Also, Jeremy Renner has enough screen presence that if they can convince Matt Damon to return, they could have them both in it. The idea of having some of these other guys share the screen with Matt Damon is laughable.

    As far as MI: I don't think there is any plan for the MI franchise to get handed off to someone new. Tom Cruise is a major producer of the MI films, and I doubt that he'd agree to be shuffled away at this point.

  • JP | April 2, 2011 2:52 AMReply

    I'm sure I'll get shouted down, but Taylor Kitsch is actually an impressive actor and can do action. He's been extremely impressive dramatically at times in Friday Night Lights, and while I'd love for Edgerton to get it, Kitsch seems more likely (already doing a tentpole, American).

    I guess they're not serious about him as a choice, but they really should be.

  • Mike | April 2, 2011 2:23 AMReply

    There is no truth to this story. Renner is taking over the Mission Impossible franchise and starring in the Avengers. He's not stupid. It would be overkill.

  • Sara | April 2, 2011 2:21 AMReply

    argh... he is good actor... but he is ugly.

  • Alex | April 1, 2011 12:19 PMReply

    I mean Ethan Hunt 2.0

  • Alex | April 1, 2011 12:18 PMReply

    Joel Edgerton should get it.

    You can't be Bourne 2.0 and Ethan Hawke 2.0/

  • amanda | April 1, 2011 11:50 AMReply

    He's going to do two spy movies? this seems like they are grasping at anything.

  • Wendi | April 1, 2011 11:35 AMReply

    Uhm, isn't Renner supposed to be taking over Mission Impossible?

  • A | April 1, 2011 11:34 AMReply

    Renner is a good fit! Fantastic actor! As for Tony Gilroy's interest in Issac I am not surprised.

    Gilroy is one of the few open minded directors in terms of offering roles to a minority. In the case of Michael Clayton, he originally offered the role to Denzel Washington but Denzel declined because he didn't want to work with a first time director.... I heard Gilroy speak before at length, he's not a bullshit kind of guy. He will make sure he gets the best actor that's available.

  • Will | April 1, 2011 11:30 AMReply

    I've been under the impression that Renner was about to inherit the M:I franchise. Would this be a conflicting gig?

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