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Garrett Hedlund, Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper And More To Screentest For The Bourne Legacy

A few weeks back it was reported that basically every young, white male actor in Hollywood with a recognizable name was being considered for the lead in The Bourne Legacy, Tony Gilroy's continuation of the franchise after the departure of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. All in all, a total of 15 names were shortlisted for the lead, which would be a Bourne like character living in the same universe as Bourne, that will make it possible for Damon to return somewhere down the line. Now it sounds as though that huge group is being whittled down as the first group of actors has started to screentest for the part.

Deadline reports that Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper (who actually wasn't one of the original 15), Garrett Hedlund and Luke Evans are now all scheduled to officially audition for the role of the character I like to call "Bourne Substitute." According to the site, the list isn't definitive - Logan Marshall-Green might also be a name in contention - but the above four will go out for the roles starting on the first week of April. The story also says that Shia LaBeouf is still in the mix, though may not be testing, and Taylor Kitsch has already met with Gilroy about the part.

There is some suggestion in Deadline's story that the studio isn't putting a lot of emphasis on the star, believing that the brand and Gilroy's writing will be enough to get people interested, but I have to disagree. Yes, the trilogy wouldn't exist without Gilroy's input, but Matt Damon is the face of this franchise. No matter how much they stress that this is a movie about a different character, people are still going to think that they re-cast and are going to reject it - that is, unless they find the right star.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.