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Oscar Isaac Joins 'The Bourne Legacy'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 22, 2011 at 3:26AM

Let's get away from the heat wave for a moment and rewind the clock back to the cooler temperatures of February. Back then, writer/director Tony Gilroy was beginning to look at actors for the lead role of "The Bourne Legacy" and basically every young, eligible male was in contention with Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Benjamin Walker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz all in the mix. Well, as you know, the part eventually landed with Jeremy Renner but in a rare stroke of Hollywood good fortune, one of those contenders has been asked back.
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Let's get away from the heat wave for a moment and rewind the clock back to the cooler temperatures of February. Back then, writer/director Tony Gilroy was beginning to look at actors for the lead role of "The Bourne Legacy" and basically every young, eligible male was in contention with Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Benjamin Walker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz all in the mix. Well, as you know, the part eventually landed with Jeremy Renner but in a rare stroke of Hollywood good fortune, one of those contenders has been asked back.

Rising star Oscar Isaac, who we had heard was one of Gilroy's favorites for the lead role in addition to Joel Edgerton as he and the studio worked to agree on the casting, is getting a very meaty co-starring role playing the anonymously-named, brainwashed assassin "Number 3" in the franchise spinoff.

It's another big career move for Isaac who has already worked with Steven Soderbergh ("Che"), Ridley Scott ("Robin Hood," "Body Of Lies"), Zack Snyder ("Sucker Punch"), Catherine Hardwicke ("The Nativity Story"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Alejandro Amenábar ("Agora"). That's not to mention that he's got Madonna's sophomore effort "W.E.," and the ensemble drama "Ten Year" around the corner. Isaac has worked with strong talent thus far and "The Bourne Legacy" is his first real step into a tentpole film (or at least one that will be successful, sorry "Sucker Punch").

He joins Renner, his "Agora" co-star Rachel Weisz and recently added Edward Norton in the film that will find the new operative (Renner) battling a covert government program that is even deadlier than Operation Treadstone. Filming will be getting underway soon and the film will hit theaters in August 2012. [Deadline]

This article is related to: Films, Actors, The Bourne Legacy, Oscar Isaac


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