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Watch: New 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer Nods To The Past & Excitingly Strides Into The Future

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 31, 2012 11:51 AM
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Forget Jason Aaron Cross. Universal has the tricky task of enticing viewers to be 'Bourne' again (ha ha) with a new installment in the franchise that links to the past mostly in name, and has a new face in Jeremy Renner leading the charge. And while the teaser trailer did a good job of keeping things mysterious while promising to deliver on action, the new full-length trailer, which just premiered at Apple, puts Renner front and center and gives a more complete picture of the world we're going to be stepping into.

As was noted before and is heard again here, Aaron Cross is "Treadstone without the inconsistency." He's part of Outcome, another program designed to build ruthless assassins, and it looks like instead of one agent gone rogue like Jason Bourne, the whole thing is coming undone. David Strathairn is back trying to manage the damage control, and while it seems the decision has been made to put down many of the agents of the field, there is something about Aaron Cross that makes him less expendable, but still a major threat.

Rachel Weisz emerges as the co-lead here, running alongside Cross as he fights to stay alive, and she seems a bit in the dark about just what the nature of Outcome is. We also get our first look at fellow agent Oscar Isaac, whose loyalties are uncertain. Still kept somewhat under wraps is Edward Norton as the villain, but it's kind of refreshing not to have the whole game given away. Nicely woven in are nods to Jason Bourne -- his name etched in some wood, his face on a computer screen -- and as writer/director Tony Gilroy told us recently, the events of "The Bourne Ultimatum" figure in the background in the opening ten-to-fifteen minutes of "The Bourne Legacy." But an interesting and exciting concept emerges here: the 'Legacy' is much more than just a simple sequel -- it appears to be running in a parallel overlap from the events of 'Ultimatum.' Pretty damn clever.

The action looks brisk and exciting, and Renner seems solid in the lead. All in all, "The Bourne Legacy" looks very promising and we'll see the results when it opens on August 3rd. Watch below, or check out in HD over at Apple.

The Bourne Legacy

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    Bourne Legacy Trailer: Jeremy Renner

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    Bourne Legacy Trailer: Edward Norton

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    Bourne Legacy Trailer: Oscar Isaac

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: The Treadstone/BlackBriar/Outcome Players

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: Jeremy Renner

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: Jason Bourne Was Here

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: Jason Bourne On MSNBC

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: Rachel Weisz

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    The Bourne Legacy Trailer: Jeremy Renner

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  • worldbleepinchamps | June 2, 2012 5:21 PMReply

    rachel weisz has never looked better, i'm definitly seeing this

  • jingmei | June 1, 2012 8:46 AMReply

    Gonna definitely love this film at least since have been into Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton, not mention the respectable beloved Mr. Paddy Considine (from the former episode) also did a cameo in it!

  • saveferris | June 1, 2012 6:58 AMReply

    what a cast i can't wait

  • Day | May 31, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    I don't think that they were referring to Aaron Cross as a Ferrai but rather the Blackbrair program and how it was utilized, the problems and issues that arrose.

  • kingslayer | May 31, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    rachel weisz looks hot renner looks like a boss, i'll be there august 3rd

  • rayray | May 31, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    renner will definitly own this role, really really excited

  • Lucy | May 31, 2012 3:27 PMReply

    Looks really good! Great cast!

  • OBloodyHell | May 31, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    Looks good. I'll see it. I like Renner and I like Norton. The rest looks good too.

  • amanda | May 31, 2012 2:50 PMReply

    So this is basically the original 3 movies combined. oh ok. I love that the studio or Gilroy had no confidence in this movie so they had to get the same actors and plot lines at the last one. I hope there is a special thanks to Damon at the end for "the heavy lifting".

  • Eric | May 31, 2012 10:50 PM

    I think it's a very interesting idea. It is called The Bourne Legacy because it's showing other things that are affected by the events of the other movie. So those characters and plot lines are incorporated obviously. Stop hating. Besides, Gilroy wrote all these films so I don't see how Damon did all the heavy lifting.

  • Mike | May 31, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    The interquel thing was definitely there in the teaser, otherwise why would Straithairn's character not be in prison, let alone still running ops?

  • greenman | May 31, 2012 2:21 PMReply

    renner vs. norton this looks so amazing

  • mpbstereo | May 31, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    Gilroy has a knack for clever and intricate plotting, he knows this series like the back of his hand. My interest was DEFINITELY piqued when they showed Paddy Consindine in Ultimatum, as well as Strathairn's character's lackey from the same movie phoning Ed Norton.

    Could have lived without Weisz explicitly referencing genetics. But this looks decent enough. Curious to see how they play it out, maybe Damon and Renner could feature in the next installment.

  • rod | May 31, 2012 1:12 PMReply

    i was skepticle but i'm not anymore this looks so badass

  • JP | May 31, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    He's referenced as a "Ferrari" and Bourne's face pops up on a tv news bulletin not a computer screen.

  • w2xwea67 | May 31, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    it strides excitingly into the future? really?

  • moops | May 31, 2012 12:39 PMReply

    holy shit my mind is blown,renner looks more than capable to fill damons shoes

  • j bone | May 31, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    badass, looks incredible

  • rollo tomasi | May 31, 2012 12:13 PMReply

    wow i'm officially on board

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