When Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal Pictures, began talking about The Bourne Legacy during today’s presentation at CinemaCon, he noted that a teaser is already widely available to see on the internet. Released in February, the trailer gave us a look at some of the action sequences we can expect and told us that Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg, but what it really lacked was any kind of clues about the story of the film. As Fogelson then pointed out, that wouldn’t be the case with the CinemaCon footage.

Just a few minutes ago I walked out of my final studio presentation at CinemaCon, and while I got to see some new stuff from exciting upcoming titles like\Ted, This is 40, Savages and Les Miserables (more on those later), the material on display for The Bourne Legacy was easily the most thought-provoking and extensive.

The first thing I should mention is that it seems the events of the Tony Gilroy-directed movie actually seem to happen concurrently with the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. While it’s been known for a while that Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn are part of the cast, the material that was presented actually included footage from the last movie, most notably scenes that had characters worrying about Jason Bourne being in New York and even a shot of Paddy Considine being killed at Waterloo Station. It’s hard to say right now how the two movies will end up dovetailing together, but it’s just interesting that they do.

The scenes shown also did an effective job of setting up the character that Rachel Weisz will be playing. Going by what I saw in the footage, the Oscar-winning actress will be playing a doctor named Marta who works as part of the super-secret Treadstone operation, but gets in a bit of trouble. There was a part in the presentation where two agents approach Weisz (one of which is played by Donna Murphy), attempt to strap her to a chair, and hold a gun to her head. Fortunately, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is there to rescue her in badass fashion, taking out the baddies with skill and ingenuity (there’s a part where he uses a fire extinguisher to fire a nail at one of the agents). I also got the sense that part of the movie will involve Cross helping protect Marta from the government, as the final scene featured the protagonist jumping down a narrow alley way on to a cop who is trying to escort Marta somewhere.

I can also say this with plenty of confidence: The Bourne Legacy won’t be leaving audiences wanting for more action. Though the crowd in the theater only got to see snippets from the various sequences, Renner is shown kicking a whole lot of ass and there some hints at a motorcycle chase. Other things featured were a cabin being blown to bits by a missile, a gun-toting Aaron Cross in the snow, and Cross running across rooftops.

Look for The Bourne Legacy in theaters starting August 3rd and, as always, stay tuned here on Cinema Blend for more news about the film. In the meantime, to see more from the movie check out our Blend Film Database.

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