It’s Joel Edgerton’s Turn To Be Rumored For ‘Bourne’

Thursday, April 21 by

The producers of Bourne realized that if they wanted to include every actor in Hollywood in the rebooted Bourne casting rumors, then they couldn’t just focus on the big stars. So right now, the man of the hour is Joel Edgerton. Word on the street is that director Tony Gilroy is lobbying for Edgerton to get the part, but Universal is hesitant for two reasons.

First off, they are worried that his name doesn’t hold enough weight (yet) to carry such a franchise. Secondly, they like Edgerton for the seemingly toxic role of the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman. Apparently they feel he is a big enough name for that role. Or that Kristen Stewarts brand equity will do most of the heavy lifting there.

If this seems too cut and dry, don’t worry. This Vulture piece also bandies about the names McAvoy and LaBeouf. Maybe the new Bourne lead could be played by a host of actors, like that Bob Dylan biopic. Is Cate Blanchett available?

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  1. April 21, 2011 2:12 pm


    Honestly, this is a stupid inside Hollywood discussion. One to make people feel better about spending millions on rebooting a franchise. Because the truth is, NONE of the names mentioned people give a care about. They are names in essence only, not in “I MUST see that movie opening weekend”. That is no slight to these dudes, they’re all good actors actually (yes, even Shia has his moments), but it’s more about the “IT” boy-ism that Hollywood is obsessed with. Shia’s name getting dropped on a street in Texas or Florida or Alaska without Transformers attached to it will NOT get people beating down the door to the multiplex (WALL STREET 2-$52 Mil US vs a Gazillion for Transformers & Indy 4). Again, not his fault, just saying the strength & pull of the actor themselves isn’t there, so why have the discussion?

    It’s BOURNE for crying out loud. The whole point of the reboot story is that ANYONE can be Bourne, so WHY do we need a goddamn name?!? It’s the “franchise” that carries weight, not the “name”. Hollywood is so full of itself sometimes, it’s disgusting.

    On a side note, not one ethnic face in the bunch..damn, can we at least get an ambiguous Mediterranean looking dude..where’s Nestor Carbonell when you need him?

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