Renner clashes with Bourne!
In the wake of the simply marvellous Bourne Ultimatum back in 2007, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the character would be headed back to screens as soon as possible to cash in on the films’ success. But when director Paul Greengrass (who helmed Ultimatum and initial sequel Supremacy) opted out of the franchise, he was swiftly followed by regular lead Matt Damon, who had no interest in a new film without Greengrass.
The franchise stalled, for a time, until the possibility of a spin-off was floated.
August 2012 sees the release of The Bourne Legacy, a film that takes the established Bourne universe and introduces us to a new character in the form of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross. He’s an agent of a parallel agency who is considered an expendable asset when his program is shut down, as a direct result of the actions of Jason Bourne.
Check out the latest trailer, with an introduction from new star Renner.
Instead of yet another reboot, it’s refreshing to see Legacy existing in the same sphere as the established movies, and fans will be excited to see the way the paths of the two characters merge – most obviously here in their interactions with Paddy Considine’s character. The action looks typically intense and grounded and it’s great to finally see Renner take on a true lead role, after years of supporting performances.The Bourne Legacy is written and directed by Tony Gilroy who penned the previous three films and directed two wildly different films to day – 2007s Michael Clayton and Duplicity in 2009. Let’s hope he can err away from the god awful romantic comedy territory of the latter. In addition to Renner, you’ll also find Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, David Straithairn and more.The Bourne Legacy is in cinemas in the states on the 3rd of August and in Ireland and the UK on the 17th of August.