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Jeremy Renner’s a busy dude. When he isn’t apprehending Ultron as a member of Team Avengers, he’s acting away in Oscar-pedigreed dramas like American Hustle or the upcoming Kill the Messenger. He also tried to put the Bourne franchise on his back once Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass walked away. Now that they are coming back (allegedly), where does that leave Renner and his #chems?
In a recent interview with HuffPo, Jeremy Renner made it clear that, in his mind, the return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne doesn’t spell the end for his secret agent, Aaron Cross. In fact, Renner said:
I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active. I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan."
YES! That’s what we were hoping for ever since the plotline for Jeremy Renner’s The Bourne Legacy ran parallel to Matt Damon’s final-at-the-time Bourne adventure, The Bourne Ultimatum. It only seemed like a matter of time before the U.S. government (on screen) pulled enough strings, double-crossed enough agents, and got these two killing machines on the same case.
Aaron Cross, as you may recall, was part of the same program that trained Jason Bourne. In Legacy we learn that – due to Bourne’s actions – the program is trying to be wiped off the face of the planet. This means doing away with Cross, forcing our hero to fight back against the powers who trained him.
Recently, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass were linked to negotiations to return to the series for Bourne 5. This past summer, the release date for the new movie was pushed back, perhaps to accommodate for Jeremy Renner’s busy schedule. The actor already has claimed that he probably doesn’t have the time to do Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. He is tied up with Marvel movies for the foreseeable future. And now he wants to fit in a new Bourne movie. Hopefully with #chems.
In this post-Avengers, Batman v Superman world, team ups in major franchises are the norm. If there’s a good story bringing Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner together, we should get it done. Having Greengrass at the helm would help, for sure. We’ll track this story as it continues to develop.