By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
With Matt Damon finished up with the “Bourne” franchise, Universal has been seeking another actor to keep the franchise going. According to Deadline, they’ve found the right man for the job in Jeremy Renner, who has risen to stardom thanks to powerful performances in “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.”
Renner, who has also been cast in Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” movie, will not be playing the character of Jason Bourne (which makes us wonder if the title of this film will have anything to do with the plot) but will rather play an operative with similar training and experiences. This movie will not be a direct sequel; instead, it’s a sort of spinoff, existing in the same universe as the earlier movies but featuring new characters and situations.
Tony Gilroy, who penned all the previous “Bourne” films, is stepping in as director as well this time around. While he hasn’t yet proven himself in the realm of action, he did deliver the thrilling and intelligent “Michael Clayton” a few years ago, so we have faith that he’ll be a worthy successor to Paul Greengrass.
Overall, we’re pretty excited about this news. Damon’s work as “Bourne” is already legendary, and like many fans, we were skeptical that anyone else could fill those shoes. Thankfully, Renner is the kind of actor who injects a potent dose of humanity to his characters, an element which is essential to this franchise. Bourne may have kicked ass with a vengeance, but he suffered for his actions, and it is important that any protagonist in this franchise go through similar experiences.
If anyone can do so convincingly, it is Jeremy Renner.