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First image of Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy has been revealed

Jan. 6, 2012by: George Merchan

So there's Jeremy Renner doing his best Matt Damon impression.

USA Today unveiled the first look at 'Aaron Cross', the new protagonist as played by Renner in writer-director Tony Gilroy's THE BOURNE LEGACY. The image is not what one would call "exciting", but it does feature Renner in a cool jacket with lots of facial intensity. Two out of three ain't bad!

The fourth film in the spy franchise has taken the title from the Eric Van Lustbader book based on the series created by Robert Ludlum, but will not use its story. Instead, Tony Gilroy took the opportunity to expand on the universe already established in the first three films and created a whole new stand-alone chapter as a compliment to the series.

Also, Matt Damon thinks it's garbage.

THE BOURNE LEGACY opens August 3rd.
Source: USA Today

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4:21PM on 01/09/2012
i just don't see how this could be different enough from anything Damon already did to be a really cool film.
i just don't see how this could be different enough from anything Damon already did to be a really cool film.
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9:09AM on 01/09/2012

Careful, Renner

It looks like they're using him as a second stringer to keep previously succesful franchises on life support while theri stars move on to new high profile stuff - the work is piling in for him right now, but it's a quick ticket to direct-to-video if he continues with these kind of roles.
It looks like they're using him as a second stringer to keep previously succesful franchises on life support while theri stars move on to new high profile stuff - the work is piling in for him right now, but it's a quick ticket to direct-to-video if he continues with these kind of roles.
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10:17AM on 01/07/2012
Can't wait to see it. Can't stand Damon.
But the funny thing is Renner looks very similar to Damon in that pic - just way more beautiful.
Can't wait to see it. Can't stand Damon.
But the funny thing is Renner looks very similar to Damon in that pic - just way more beautiful.
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4:36PM on 01/06/2012
I really like Renner. But something about that pic, of all first pics they might choose to release, makes me think they're working overtime to make him Matt Damon. I'm sure I'm imposing some of my own biases here. Gilroy's style is (and I hope stays) different from Greengrass', and with a different lead blah blah blah. I just wish they had a stronger first impression.
I really like Renner. But something about that pic, of all first pics they might choose to release, makes me think they're working overtime to make him Matt Damon. I'm sure I'm imposing some of my own biases here. Gilroy's style is (and I hope stays) different from Greengrass', and with a different lead blah blah blah. I just wish they had a stronger first impression.
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3:52PM on 01/06/2012

I'm down.

Renner is good. Gilroy is the voice behind all three films and with Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and others returning to provide connective tissue, this could really work. Gilroy is simpy wrapping another story around the Bourne universe.

This isn't a Bourne film without Damon. It's The Bourne Legacy - the legacy created by the Treadstone program which got re-built as BlackBriar. Damon will come back after.

The only problem I can see here? Gilroy brought in James Newton Howard. As much as I
Renner is good. Gilroy is the voice behind all three films and with Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and others returning to provide connective tissue, this could really work. Gilroy is simpy wrapping another story around the Bourne universe.

This isn't a Bourne film without Damon. It's The Bourne Legacy - the legacy created by the Treadstone program which got re-built as BlackBriar. Damon will come back after.

The only problem I can see here? Gilroy brought in James Newton Howard. As much as I love JNH, those movies are all about John Powell.
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2:58PM on 01/06/2012
Pass... Next!
Pass... Next!
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2:18PM on 01/06/2012

Not good

Do you imagine Harry Potter played by another actor? Like that Kevin McCallister character on Home Alone 4. It's really disappointing.
Do you imagine Harry Potter played by another actor? Like that Kevin McCallister character on Home Alone 4. It's really disappointing.
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3:26PM on 01/06/2012
Or when they got that hack to play The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Or when they got that hack to play The Joker in The Dark Knight.
1:38PM on 01/06/2012
I'm no Matt Damon hater, but after all these years, and all the good movies he's been in, his name attached to a movie doesn't get me excited. The last Bourne sucked, so I hope this wraps it up on a high note.
I'm no Matt Damon hater, but after all these years, and all the good movies he's been in, his name attached to a movie doesn't get me excited. The last Bourne sucked, so I hope this wraps it up on a high note.
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1:32PM on 01/06/2012

Pourquoi?

The Bourne Identity Crisis? Oh and more Belstaff jackets I think.
The Bourne Identity Crisis? Oh and more Belstaff jackets I think.
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12:01PM on 01/06/2012

Does it really matter?

Who goes to see Matt Damon movies anyways?
Who goes to see Matt Damon movies anyways?
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11:44AM on 01/06/2012
Is anyone really going to see this?
Is anyone really going to see this?
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10:16AM on 01/06/2012

Trust Renner for action

But they might as well call this another name.
But they might as well call this another name.
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10:13AM on 01/06/2012
Actually, Matt Damon hated the script for 'The Bourne ULTIMATUM,' not this one. But he does have a lot of trash to say about Tony Gilroy as a writer in general, so take that with a grain of salt.
Actually, Matt Damon hated the script for 'The Bourne ULTIMATUM,' not this one. But he does have a lot of trash to say about Tony Gilroy as a writer in general, so take that with a grain of salt.
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9:23AM on 01/06/2012
No Jason Bourne. No Robert Ludlum.
So...then they should've just called it The Cross Legacy. Idiots.
No Jason Bourne. No Robert Ludlum.
So...then they should've just called it The Cross Legacy. Idiots.
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7:25AM on 01/06/2012
After seeing him in MI:4, i have a new found confidence that this movie will be good. He can certainly handle action....just go easy on the shaky cam action sequences!
After seeing him in MI:4, i have a new found confidence that this movie will be good. He can certainly handle action....just go easy on the shaky cam action sequences!
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7:06AM on 01/06/2012

No Damon, No Bourne...

Damn how hard is that to figure out?
Damn how hard is that to figure out?
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5:18AM on 01/06/2012
He looks like he's in a photo spread for GQ. It tells me nothing of the quality of the story or the film. I'm excited to finally see him anchor another movie- he was electric in Hurt Locker, even if its overrated as a war film- but otherwise my jury is way the fuck out.
He looks like he's in a photo spread for GQ. It tells me nothing of the quality of the story or the film. I'm excited to finally see him anchor another movie- he was electric in Hurt Locker, even if its overrated as a war film- but otherwise my jury is way the fuck out.
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