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Jeremy Renner reveals his new Bourne identity

Nov. 22, 2011by:

I sort of forgot that Jeremy Renner was starring in a fourth Bourne film, THE BOURNE LEGACY, that without Damon didn't seem like a particularly good idea.

But the franchise will live on through Renner as a new amnesia-free agent, and he's speaking for the first time about the project which has given us little detail to go on so far. He spoke to Empire about who his character is in the new film.

"My character is called Aaron Cross but he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new programme and new characters."

And will Treadstone return?

"Yeah, it's that same deal, it's just a new set of agents with a different leash. It's the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a Bourne movie."

Is it just me, or does he sound a bit...unenthused about this? "It's the same deal, just some new agents" isn't exactly a riveting synopsis. Maybe I'm just pulling the wrong tone out of this, but it did strike me as sort of odd. Renner doesn't need to be the poor man's Damon after all, as he's become a star in his own right. Maybe he's regretting taking this role now?

Extra Tidbit: At least they didn't do a "Young Bourne" prequel like they were talking about which assuredly would have starred a Twilight cast member.
Source: Empire

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9:51AM on 11/23/2011
This will be better than people are thinking. Edward Norton alone, in the cast, is worth the price of admission.
This will be better than people are thinking. Edward Norton alone, in the cast, is worth the price of admission.
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3:41AM on 11/23/2011
I thought he was good in The Hurt Locker, but now it feels like Hollywood has decided this guy is a movie star and we're all going to love him. I don't see it somehow...
I thought he was good in The Hurt Locker, but now it feels like Hollywood has decided this guy is a movie star and we're all going to love him. I don't see it somehow...
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1:06AM on 11/23/2011
Despite having nothing to do with previous movies, they're still going to use the same title as previous movies. Last time they did that, we got Halloween 3.
Despite having nothing to do with previous movies, they're still going to use the same title as previous movies. Last time they did that, we got Halloween 3.
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7:21PM on 11/22/2011
Wasn't one of the most interesting aspects of the Bourne films the amnesia and him finding his identity? Without that, this just seems like a really generic spy film. It still might be good, but I don't know why it needs to be associated with the Bourner films at all (except for marketing).
Wasn't one of the most interesting aspects of the Bourne films the amnesia and him finding his identity? Without that, this just seems like a really generic spy film. It still might be good, but I don't know why it needs to be associated with the Bourner films at all (except for marketing).
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4:50PM on 11/22/2011
Wait, I thought he was taking over for Tom Cruise in the MI films? Isn't Hawkeye a SHIELD spook in Avengers as well??? Why take all the same type roles all at once?
Wait, I thought he was taking over for Tom Cruise in the MI films? Isn't Hawkeye a SHIELD spook in Avengers as well??? Why take all the same type roles all at once?
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3:25PM on 11/22/2011
Sounds like he has to give some info on the project, and still wondering why this film is getting made.
Sounds like he has to give some info on the project, and still wondering why this film is getting made.
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2:49PM on 11/22/2011
Kind of makes me laugh that he's carrying on franchises (this, mission impossible) because's he's a "younger" actor, he's almost 41
Kind of makes me laugh that he's carrying on franchises (this, mission impossible) because's he's a "younger" actor, he's almost 41
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2:30PM on 11/22/2011
Before I go and do an extensive google search can someone please refresh my memory as to why exactly Damon chose to opt out?
Before I go and do an extensive google search can someone please refresh my memory as to why exactly Damon chose to opt out?
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3:43PM on 11/22/2011
I'm not an expert on the subject but I believe Damon said if Paul Greengrass(director of Bourne 2 and 3) was out, so was he.
I'm not an expert on the subject but I believe Damon said if Paul Greengrass(director of Bourne 2 and 3) was out, so was he.
2:24PM on 11/22/2011
Renner is going to make this role his even though no one could ever replace Damon as the ultimate agent. How could would it be if we had a cameo from Damon in the end? Like leading to another sequel that they would both star in.

Also very excited to see Norton as the villian. I mean come on! It's going to be Renner against Norton!
Renner is going to make this role his even though no one could ever replace Damon as the ultimate agent. How could would it be if we had a cameo from Damon in the end? Like leading to another sequel that they would both star in.

Also very excited to see Norton as the villian. I mean come on! It's going to be Renner against Norton!
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2:22PM on 11/22/2011

Look at it as Half Life: Opposing Force

On par with the original, different perspective.
On par with the original, different perspective.
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2:21PM on 11/22/2011

DON'T FUCKING CALL IT 'BOURNE'

his name is Cross.

Call it The Cross Identity, The Cross Legacy, I don't give a fuck but it's now evident that Bourne isn't in the movie, so why is he in the title!!

Change the title already.
his name is Cross.

Call it The Cross Identity, The Cross Legacy, I don't give a fuck but it's now evident that Bourne isn't in the movie, so why is he in the title!!

Change the title already.
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2:20PM on 11/22/2011
Pic: Nice arms, Jeremy. Very nice indeed.
Pic: Nice arms, Jeremy. Very nice indeed.
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1:29PM on 11/22/2011
in comparison to working on the avengers this probably just doesnt seem as exciting!
in comparison to working on the avengers this probably just doesnt seem as exciting!
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1:22PM on 11/22/2011
He sounds very 'not bothered' about this film. Maybe he's a bit burnt out with all his success!!
He sounds very 'not bothered' about this film. Maybe he's a bit burnt out with all his success!!
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12:33PM on 11/22/2011
It's not a remake? He's not jason bourne? Then I'm happy, use the name, make money, whatever
It's not a remake? He's not jason bourne? Then I'm happy, use the name, make money, whatever
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11:55AM on 11/22/2011
yeah, not really a ringing endorsement.
yeah, not really a ringing endorsement.
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11:38AM on 11/22/2011
His name is "Cross"? that some real cliche, unoriginal shit right der.
His name is "Cross"? that some real cliche, unoriginal shit right der.
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1:16PM on 11/22/2011
All the soaks names are plain and boring have you ever seen the Bourne trilogy? If they had Chris Cooper back and told a different spies story and just how dirty Cooper's character was this could be awesome
All the soaks names are plain and boring have you ever seen the Bourne trilogy? If they had Chris Cooper back and told a different spies story and just how dirty Cooper's character was this could be awesome
9:31AM on 11/23/2011
I'm fine with the logic behind it. But Cross is just a hackneyed stock name. Bourne had an original ring to it.
I'm fine with the logic behind it. But Cross is just a hackneyed stock name. Bourne had an original ring to it.
11:30AM on 11/22/2011
Why is called "Bourne" anything? He's not even in it.
Why is called "Bourne" anything? He's not even in it.
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1:14PM on 11/22/2011
I assume it's because the events of this movie are a result of what Bourne did in the previous 3. Hence, "Bourne's legacy".
I assume it's because the events of this movie are a result of what Bourne did in the previous 3. Hence, "Bourne's legacy".
2:23PM on 11/22/2011
@izzy - that's bullshit though. That's just a lame excuse so that they can put Bourne in the title to sell some more tickets. The movie has nothing to do with Bourne they've already stated it's a completely different story. Name it The Cross Identity or something, name it Treadstone, who cares, but don't name it Bourne, because it's not Bourne and the whole 'definition of legacy' thing that people have tried to use as an excuse is just lame, no offense to you.
@izzy - that's bullshit though. That's just a lame excuse so that they can put Bourne in the title to sell some more tickets. The movie has nothing to do with Bourne they've already stated it's a completely different story. Name it The Cross Identity or something, name it Treadstone, who cares, but don't name it Bourne, because it's not Bourne and the whole 'definition of legacy' thing that people have tried to use as an excuse is just lame, no offense to you.
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