Whether you feel it is right or wrong to make another Bourne film without Jason Bourne, without Matt Damon, or even without director Paul Greengrass, there is no doubt in my mind that The Bourne Legacy is going to be awesome! Need proof? Well, just check out the sort but sweet Japanese trailer below which showcases Jeremy Renner proving he can happily jump into Matt Damon’s shoes and take on the role of an expert agent.
Jeremy Renner is a great actor, and while Damon really brought something quite special to his Bourne character, I have high expectations that Renner will do the same, but in his own unique way. Let’s not give up hope just yet on this film, it just might be one of the surprise hits of the year!
As well as a rather brilliant Japanese trailer, and new image was also released this week 9below), showing Renner deep in conversation with Edward Norton. Norton is another reason why I believe this film will be good, he hasn’t exactly excelled over the past few years since Fight Club, and apart from a few brilliant roles in films like 25th Hour, The Illusionist and possibly The Hulk, I feel Norton’s time is right for a comeback, and The Bourne Legacy will be it.
Director Tony Gilroy recently said the movie will be structurally different from Grenngrass’, stating: “Very much. Oh my God, yeah, for a whole bunch of reasons.”
He went into more depth on his film, and Greengrass’ style, saying:
“Everybody in the world ripped us off. It’s been done to death at this point. It’s on TV three nights a week, much less Bond and everything else. The worst thing that could have been done would be to just slavishly follow some cookie-cutter pattern of visual style and storytelling style. It’s a bigger movie in the terms of the journey of it and the scale of it and the amount of stories in it and where it’s going. The great thing about Jason Bourne was that he was claustrophobically stuck down and trying to figure out this moral question. The whole second film is about an apology. It’s really about this guy trying to morally come to grips with the conflict between who he thinks he is and what he’s done. This character in this film has no moral conflict whatsoever. Jeremy Renner’s character has the reverse of amnesia. He knows exactly where he’s come from. He knows exactly what the stakes are if he doesn’t achieve his journey. It’s a very different tone, yet it will be very rewarding to people. You should be able to see the movie and not see any of them before. It’s been kind of ironic. The people that were having the most trouble getting their heads around the fact that we were doing this are actually the people who I think will ultimately be the most happy about what we’re doing. It has a lot of payback for the true fans”
Directed by Tony Gilroy, who also penned the first three films, The Bourne Legacy is co-written by Tony and Dan Gilroy. Jeremy Renner plays CIA agent Aaron Cross, and appearing alongside him will be Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, Donna Murphy, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and David Strathairn.
The Bourne Legacy arrives in UK cinemas 17th August.
A story centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels.
By Matt Wavish