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Thanks to the success of The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner has become Hollywood’s default for whenever they’re looking for a middle-aged white guy who can do action. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that he’s being considered for The Bourne Legacy. Yeah, that’s the Bourne movie they’re doing without Matt Damon.
The movie takes place in the Bourne universe, but it won’t actually be about Jason Bourne. That’s their fancy way of saying it has nothing to do with the Bourne movies but they wanted to use the name since that sells tickets. Among the names bandied about for the lead in this movie so far are Shia LaBeouf, Garrett Hedlund, Joel Edgerton, Chris Evans, and Dominic Cooper. But now the rumor is that Universal is sending an offer out to Jeremy Renner, after vetoing director Tony Gilroy’s first choice, a guy named Oscar Isaac.
Oscar Isaac is the guy with the pencil thin mustache in Sucker Punch, and the movie’s rather dismal box office results last weekend probably didn’t do much to convince Universal they wanted him. So they’re going with a guy who’s sort of a name, and may be a much bigger name by the time The Bourne Legacy’s ready since he’s set to play a major role in Marvel’s upcoming slate of superhero movies as Hawkeye, and set to star opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible.