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Who Could Lead The Bourne Legacy?
Gyllenhaal, Maguire and more considered

25 February 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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One by one, the list of hot projects that all the actors in Hollywood (and elsewhere) are chasing has been ticked off as high-profile roles such as Captain America, Jack the Giant Killer and Spider-Man have been filled. But there always seem to be new ones cropping up to replace them, and the latest part generating some hefty buzz is Tony Gilroy’s Bourne series spin-off, The Bourne Legacy.

According to Deadline, the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch and Benjamin Walker have all either taken meetings with the writer/director or are being considered. What, no Sam Worthington?

That’s certainly a long list, and though it’s understandable why just about every young actor would want a crack at it, several of those names above are the repeat offenders who get linked to every role under the sun these days (we’re looking at you Pettyfer. And you, Kitsch). So even if they’re chasing the part, chances are they’ll fall out due to scheduling issues.

Plus, there’s the issue of carrying the Bourne-free Bourne entry in the franchise, since Matt Damon won't be back this time. The work done by Damon and Paul Greengrass in the last couple of outings will be tough acts to follow, and no one wants to be the person who besmirched the legacy of the franchise (see what we did there, eh? Eh?)

Variety reports that Gilroy apparently has his list of top picks, and Universal’s executives have also been suggesting names, which explains the rather long list above. Expect that to be trimmed quickly, as Gilroy wants to get shooting the thing by the autumn ready for a planned release in August next year.


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RE: Who Could Lead The Bourne Legacy?
I say scrap this sideshow and stick with Damon, he is obviously recognised as the face of one of the most legendary assassins in film history. Now I know that the novel is a bit unrealistic with a bacteriological weapon made by Chechen terrorists and if you have read the novel you would know that it would be hard to build up the story about Joshua/Khan ,who is Bourne's son, when it comes out of the blue we just want the usual cat and mouse chase So I suggest we follow the plot from The Bou More

Posted by Amjaddyy at 08:11 on 03 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Providing it's not too much of a riff on the original films...I'm in
They should forget 'Legacy' and try this 'good old switcheroo' take on the concept The Bourne Precursor Set before the Bourne films, the team that would be later trying to hunt down Bourne, or the earlier incarnation of the team hunt down someone they believe is a government agent who has 'gone rogue' This 'rogue' is part of the same programme that produced Bourne. His reaction to the psychological conditioning was to break and become psychotic. He interprets anybody giving him a More

Posted by jobloffski at 09:04 on 28 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Providing it's not too much of a riff on the original films...I'm in
Just leave it alone I pity any Actor who tries to take on the role which has so clearly now been recognised the World over as a Matt Damon vehicle, yes you could replace the director as shown with the 1st film but when you mention Jason Bourne the immediate response will be oh yeah Matt Damon. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:24 on 25 February 2011 | Report This Post

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