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CAST THIS: Jason Bourne

02.04.2010

So I have to admit, this is one Cast This I never really envisioned writing. But with news from Matt Damon himself this week that we were probably getting a BOURNE prequel with a new actor, I figured I’d jump on the opportunity here. I never thought that Bourne franchise would turn into a Bond-like series of films with different actors jumping in and out in the titular role, but here we are.

He’s the most brutal secret agent this side of the CIA, he didn’t remember who he was, but figured it out by killing people with pens and books. He’s a one man wrecking crew known as JASON BOURNE. Well, most of the time.

It’s not exactly clear how far back this Bourne prequel will go. I assume that it’s not a SPIDEY high school reboot, where Captain Jason Bourne of the South Bend High football team goes around sabotaging rival schools' chemistry labs and beating up bullies, but who knows.

Rather, I think it will instead be about Bourne when he was first starting out in intelligence, and a chronicle of his body of work leading to his candidacy for the super-hardcore-special-ops program. Blackbear? Blackberry? Blackbriar? Something like that.

So who are we looking for? I don’t think we need an exactly look-a-like match to Damon, but someone who’s able to emulate Bourne’s cool-under-fire demeanor and of course, he needs to have the ability to kick a whole lot of ass using improvised weapons made of household objects. Bourne was never particularly charming if you ask me, which is his main schism from Bond, so I wouldn’t worry about casting a pretty boy ladies man in the role. Just someone tough and all business.

Last Week: COMMANDER SHEPARD

Speaking of tough and all business, last week we were looking at viable options as to who should play Commander Shepard in the inevitable MASS EFFECT movie. Your thoughts were pretty conclusive.

1. Matthew Fox (33%) 2. Sam Worthington (15%) 3. Sam Witwer (12%)

Yeah, I totally agree with all of you, and not just because Fox has experience playing a leader named “Shepard.” I think Fox is being held back by his Lost character who is perpetually whiny and guilt stricken. I would love to see him take on a badass role like Commander Shepard so we can really see what he’s got.

Worthington has done the grizzled space marine thing once (well, pretty much twice) already, and I could see him fitting in here for sure. I would look for someone with a liiittle bit more of a personality though, something I haven’t seen in his roles thus far. I also like the choice of Battlestar Galactica’s Sam Witwer, as this could be a breakout part for him.

Alright, let’s hear those Bourne ideas!

Extra Tidbit: I wasn't a fan of the BOURNE trilogy until I got to watch them on DVD close together. Things make a lot more sense that way.
Source: JoBlo
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10:00AM on 02/06/2010

Bad Idea

Warwick Davis sounds interesting
Warwick Davis sounds interesting
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4:06PM on 02/05/2010
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3:53PM on 02/05/2010
This is all Bullshit Based on a throw away comment Damon will be back as Bourne,its his golden goose.
This is all Bullshit Based on a throw away comment Damon will be back as Bourne,its his golden goose.
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1:27PM on 02/05/2010
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10:30AM on 02/05/2010
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10:19AM on 02/05/2010

Morgan Freeman

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3:33AM on 02/05/2010
Damon owns this character-without Matt reprising the role this is gonna flop. I'd trash the prequel idea.
Damon owns this character-without Matt reprising the role this is gonna flop. I'd trash the prequel idea.
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2:04AM on 02/05/2010

Kellan Lutz

As bad of an idea as this is I can't help but throw a name in.

Teens would now him from the Twilight movies but he was also in the awesome "Generation Kill", so not only does he have the right look but also can act and he is 15 years younger than Matt Damon
As bad of an idea as this is I can't help but throw a name in.

Teens would now him from the Twilight movies but he was also in the awesome "Generation Kill", so not only does he have the right look but also can act and he is 15 years younger than Matt Damon
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1:31AM on 02/05/2010
I agree with the whole "no Damon no Bourne" but you and I all know that when the new trailer for the reboot hits the net in 2000-whenever....you are all gonna be fucking blowing it. So stop acting gay and just deal with the fact that this is what goes on in Hollywood, and if the films good....it's good. If not, it's not. Review it then.
I agree with the whole "no Damon no Bourne" but you and I all know that when the new trailer for the reboot hits the net in 2000-whenever....you are all gonna be fucking blowing it. So stop acting gay and just deal with the fact that this is what goes on in Hollywood, and if the films good....it's good. If not, it's not. Review it then.
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10:48PM on 02/04/2010
We all know what he looked like during his training - Matt Damon - so that virtually negates any prequel actor.

As for sequels with any other actor, the fact of the matter is that Matt Damon has more to do with the success of these movies than probably Paul Greengrass or Doug Liman. I understand that studios are all about milking franchises and stuff, but Jason Bourne isn't Spider-Man, and he isn't James Bond. Not yet, anyway.
We all know what he looked like during his training - Matt Damon - so that virtually negates any prequel actor.

As for sequels with any other actor, the fact of the matter is that Matt Damon has more to do with the success of these movies than probably Paul Greengrass or Doug Liman. I understand that studios are all about milking franchises and stuff, but Jason Bourne isn't Spider-Man, and he isn't James Bond. Not yet, anyway.
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10:07PM on 02/04/2010
I don't understand why this is even up for debate or being questioned. Matt Damon is absolutely perfect in that role and it has only been 8 years since The Bourne Identity, so what exactly is preventing them from casting him (unless the prequel is going to be about his days in Kindergarten or something).
I don't understand why this is even up for debate or being questioned. Matt Damon is absolutely perfect in that role and it has only been 8 years since The Bourne Identity, so what exactly is preventing them from casting him (unless the prequel is going to be about his days in Kindergarten or something).
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8:15PM on 02/04/2010

one and only!

matt damon. period.
matt damon. period.
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8:08PM on 02/04/2010
ZAC EFRON!
ZAC EFRON!
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7:09PM on 02/04/2010
Matt Damon... and only Matt Damon
Matt Damon... and only Matt Damon
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6:20PM on 02/04/2010

Sam Witwer

Last weeks cast this inspired my choice for this weeks cast this. Sam Witwer would make a great Bourne. He was already an efficient killing machine in The Force Unleashed, and gave what in retrospect a very similar performance to what I imagine his Bourne would be. Although what I really want to change is Paul Greengrass, that tripod less shaky cam guy that everyone else loves and I am totally thrown by. How can quick cutting handheld action, done purely to secure a PG-13 rating, be a good
Last weeks cast this inspired my choice for this weeks cast this. Sam Witwer would make a great Bourne. He was already an efficient killing machine in The Force Unleashed, and gave what in retrospect a very similar performance to what I imagine his Bourne would be. Although what I really want to change is Paul Greengrass, that tripod less shaky cam guy that everyone else loves and I am totally thrown by. How can quick cutting handheld action, done purely to secure a PG-13 rating, be a good thing?
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4:09PM on 02/04/2010

I want absolutely no part...


... in giving Hollywood any ideas as to who to cast in a prequel to a series that doesn't need one.

Matt Damon for a SEQUEL.

Thus... it is written.

... in giving Hollywood any ideas as to who to cast in a prequel to a series that doesn't need one.

Matt Damon for a SEQUEL.

Thus... it is written.
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3:57PM on 02/04/2010

My choice....

Matt Damon for Jason Bourne....
Matt Damon for Jason Bourne....
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3:20PM on 02/04/2010
Matt Damon.
Matt Damon.
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3:18PM on 02/04/2010

Hate Unnecessary prequels..

I agree with all the others here in that unnecessary reboots / sequels / prequels are, well, unnecessary.. Having said that, I'm calling Taylor Lautner as the younger Bourne. He really does have a Damon look and the bod to match.
I agree with all the others here in that unnecessary reboots / sequels / prequels are, well, unnecessary.. Having said that, I'm calling Taylor Lautner as the younger Bourne. He really does have a Damon look and the bod to match.
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4:12PM on 02/04/2010
are you joking?
are you joking?
2:54PM on 02/04/2010
don't ruin the one franchise that knew when to call it quits. even the the green zone just makes me think of bourne in iraq or where ever the hell there at lol.
don't ruin the one franchise that knew when to call it quits. even the the green zone just makes me think of bourne in iraq or where ever the hell there at lol.
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2:46PM on 02/04/2010
Matt Damon
Matt Damon
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2:45PM on 02/04/2010

There is only one

Jason Bourne! No point making it without Damon.
Jason Bourne! No point making it without Damon.
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2:43PM on 02/04/2010

Since they always do it...

Let's go Jaden Smith
Let's go Jaden Smith
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2:27PM on 02/04/2010

Mike Vogel

if i must choose then it would be Mike Vogel who is nearly 10 years younger than Matt Damon. I'm not dead against this idea because it gives bourne fans something while damon decideds to do another.

Besides i enjoyed casino royale and sum of all fears, just gives the franchise a different appeal.
if i must choose then it would be Mike Vogel who is nearly 10 years younger than Matt Damon. I'm not dead against this idea because it gives bourne fans something while damon decideds to do another.

Besides i enjoyed casino royale and sum of all fears, just gives the franchise a different appeal.
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2:00PM on 02/04/2010
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2:00PM on 02/04/2010
Matt Damon...if not him, then fuck this idea. I also believe (like the post below mine) Damon was being sarcastic when he was talking about a prequel.
Matt Damon...if not him, then fuck this idea. I also believe (like the post below mine) Damon was being sarcastic when he was talking about a prequel.
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1:53PM on 02/04/2010
Sam Witwer
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1:41PM on 02/04/2010

FOX IS TOO OLD

Sam has enough "G.I. Joe" types roles, so let's move on.
Sam has enough "G.I. Joe" types roles, so let's move on.
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1:23PM on 02/04/2010
Mark my words: There will NOT be a prequel. I can almost guarantee that Matt Damon was being sarcastic when he said there would be a reboot. Even if there was a prequel/reboot (an awful idea), they would most likely just cast Matt Damon again, providing he wanted the job. But trust me, if anything, they'll do a sequel with Matt Damon.
Mark my words: There will NOT be a prequel. I can almost guarantee that Matt Damon was being sarcastic when he said there would be a reboot. Even if there was a prequel/reboot (an awful idea), they would most likely just cast Matt Damon again, providing he wanted the job. But trust me, if anything, they'll do a sequel with Matt Damon.
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1:19PM on 02/04/2010

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis is clearly the best and only option.
Warwick Davis is clearly the best and only option.
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1:05PM on 02/04/2010

I will not see Bourne without Damon

It stood alone as a wonderful trilogy. Let it sit as a classic, and enjoy it for decades to come while Matt Damon moves on to other jobs and the director moves on to new projects.

No Damon, No Bourne.
It stood alone as a wonderful trilogy. Let it sit as a classic, and enjoy it for decades to come while Matt Damon moves on to other jobs and the director moves on to new projects.

No Damon, No Bourne.
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12:34PM on 02/04/2010
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12:29PM on 02/04/2010

ENOUGH WITH THE REBOOTS!

News Flash to Universal and Sony: YOU'RE NOT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN! Just because he did it and made it work, doesn't mean you should follow suit just for the heck of it. There was good reason for the Batman revamp, quit rebooting in the name of the dollar. Heck, I'll take the 3D trend over the reboot trend; at least the 3D trend can be fun sometimes.
But, if a reboot is an absolute must, Wentworth Miller as Bourne.
News Flash to Universal and Sony: YOU'RE NOT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN! Just because he did it and made it work, doesn't mean you should follow suit just for the heck of it. There was good reason for the Batman revamp, quit rebooting in the name of the dollar. Heck, I'll take the 3D trend over the reboot trend; at least the 3D trend can be fun sometimes.
But, if a reboot is an absolute must, Wentworth Miller as Bourne.
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12:35PM on 02/04/2010
dude, the article is about casting in a prequel, not reboot... there's a little bit of a difference
dude, the article is about casting in a prequel, not reboot... there's a little bit of a difference
1:15PM on 02/04/2010
There's been speculation that this may be a reboot, too... dude.
There's been speculation that this may be a reboot, too... dude.
1:16PM on 02/04/2010
Dude....dude??
Dude....dude??
12:23PM on 02/04/2010
Can we vote for Matt Damon? cause if so Matt Damon, even if he's reenvisioned as a plucky 10 year old I want Matt Damon
Can we vote for Matt Damon? cause if so Matt Damon, even if he's reenvisioned as a plucky 10 year old I want Matt Damon
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12:18PM on 02/04/2010
Channing Tatum. No, Robert Pattinson! Andy Samberg. I'll think about it.
Channing Tatum. No, Robert Pattinson! Andy Samberg. I'll think about it.
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