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FIRST LOOK: 'Bourne Legacy' Reboot, Jeremy Renner is Aaron Cross

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 8, 2012 at 12:23PM

Universal Pictures has released the first images from the reboot "Bourne Legacy": a photograph of Jeremy Renner in the role of an American super-spy, and an austere poster flashing Renner's moniker under the tagline "Prepare for the unexpected."
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The Bourne Legacy Poster

Universal Pictures has released the first images from the reboot "Bourne Legacy": a generic photograph of Jeremy Renner in the role of an American super-spy, and an austere poster flashing Renner's moniker under the tagline "Prepare for the unexpected." The upcoming rework brings back Joan Allen and Albert Finney, along with series newbies Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Stacy Keach and Edward Norton.

Renner isn't replacing Matt Damon as Bourne. (Damon refused to sign on without Paul Greengrass, the director of 2004's "The Bourne Supremacy" and 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum"). Thus long-time "Bourne" writer Tony Gilroy, who is taking on directing chores as well, penned a "sidequel," a spin-off with Renner as an entirely new character. Renner, who scored in the latest "Mission: Impossible," plays Aaron Cross, another enigmatic spy entangled with CIA conspiracies. 

The image and the poster don't give us much, except to confirm that this Renner maintains the intensity and stony-faced sobriety of his predecessor. Universal opens the picture August 3, 2012. [Via Hey U Guys, USA Today]

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This article is related to: Jeremy Renner, Paul Greengrass, Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Matt Damon, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.