Reports are trickling in, after an exclusive by Latino Review, that Jeremy Renner is about to get the offer to play the lead role (not Jason Bourne) in the next installments of the franchise. This makes sense, after a field that was rumored to include no less than: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker (via Playlist) seemed to be a little heavy on the pretty boys. Bourne has always been a slightly grittier take on the genre, so Renner seems to be a good fit, despite his involvement in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Again, this is just an offer, so it’s not known whether Renner will take the role should this story pan out, but it clearly demonstrates that the producers don’t want to venture too far from what made the first three installments work, which is fine by me. Here’s to hoping this pans out and the next Bourne hero isn’t Alex Pettyfer.