It seems like every actor in Hollywood was up for the role of the lead in the new Bourne movie. With the departure of Matt Damon, a vortex opened up at Universal, sucking in names big and small, from James McAvoy to Joel “Who?” Edgerton. However, the mighty vortex stopped when it found the actor they wanted: Oscar Nominee Jeremy Renner. Every other actor in Hollywood, thanks for coming. You’re all winners, except not really. Only Renner is the winner.
Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) will play a character who’s not Jason Bourne in the forth film, which is titled Bourne Legacy. I wonder if further sequels will also have to wedge “Bourne” in the name for continuity purposes, like Bourne’s Shadow, The Bourne Similarity, and Basically Bourne, You Guys. Interestingly, Renner also plays a spy in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so that begs the question: which studio is Renner really working for? He can’t work both sides for much longer… (Deadline)