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Narrowing the possibilities for Matt Damon's successor in The Bourne Legacy

Mar. 24, 2011by: Dave Davis

As you might expect, the "wish list" for an actor to replace Matt Damon as Jason Bourne (in the alias only -- it'll be a different character) had just about every hunky 20-something in Hollywood.

Now the sorta-sequel THE BOURNE LEGACY is looking closer at a handful of up-and-comers who will actually be testing out for the role soon.

According to Deadline, those fortunate few include Garrett Hedlund (TRON LEGACY), Dominic Cooper (CAPTAIN AMERICA's Howard Stark), Luke Evans (TAMARA DREWE, upcoming IMMORTALS) and hard-working Aussie Joel Edgerton (ANIMAL KINGDOM, upcoming THE THING prequel).

Apparently Shia LaBeouf and Taylor Kitsch are still also among the possibilities, as is Logan Marshall-Green, who recently landed a big role in Ridley Scott's ALIEN precursor PROMETHEUS.

Writer-director Tony Gilroy (MICHAEL CLAYTON) and Universal will revisit the established framework of the BOURNE franchise itself, bringing in a new rogue superspy and leaving the door open for Damon to conceivably come back later. The studio is obviously hoping for a comparatively bargain-budget blockbuster that capitalizes on the brand, and wants the new BOURNE in theaters for August 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Edgerton's career seems to be slowly surpassing that of his co-star in the little-seen horror movie WHISPER, "Lost" guy Josh Holloway.
Source: Deadline

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11:37PM on 03/26/2011
Fuck. This.
Fuck. This.
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12:42PM on 03/26/2011

Ugh...

Without Matt Damon, this should not be done. Just like with any major franchise. You just can't replace the lead actor/actress in the middle of it and hope for success, cause it's not gonna happen.
Without Matt Damon, this should not be done. Just like with any major franchise. You just can't replace the lead actor/actress in the middle of it and hope for success, cause it's not gonna happen.
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9:40PM on 03/25/2011

hmmm

how about Matt Damon?
how about Matt Damon?
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5:54PM on 03/25/2011
Who cares! These movies are way overrated! Maybe they are looking for another baby faced punk Matt Damon to play the role. I didn't buy this guy as a genetic assassin then and won't buy it this time around.
Who cares! These movies are way overrated! Maybe they are looking for another baby faced punk Matt Damon to play the role. I didn't buy this guy as a genetic assassin then and won't buy it this time around.
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12:31PM on 03/25/2011
Can someone explain why Matt Damon isnt going to be in this movie? I think if you cant have Damon in it, then you shouldnt have it at all.
Since they are going ahead with the movie, "Jason Bourne" should be another random person and start almost from scratch.
Can someone explain why Matt Damon isnt going to be in this movie? I think if you cant have Damon in it, then you shouldnt have it at all.
Since they are going ahead with the movie, "Jason Bourne" should be another random person and start almost from scratch.
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8:55AM on 03/25/2011
I'm actually warming up to this idea. It reminds me of Peter Sellers "Casino Royale" where "James Bond" was a code name passed on from agent to agent to keep the legend alive.
If this movie is decent enough I can see a fifth movie in the series coming, "Bourne vs Bourne"
I'm actually warming up to this idea. It reminds me of Peter Sellers "Casino Royale" where "James Bond" was a code name passed on from agent to agent to keep the legend alive.
If this movie is decent enough I can see a fifth movie in the series coming, "Bourne vs Bourne"
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1:55AM on 03/25/2011

Animal Kingdom

Joel Edgerton was incredible in ANIMAL KINGDOM and can't wait to see what he does next! I'd like to see him team up with Tom Hardy... Oh, wait... he just did! Dream come true!
Joel Edgerton was incredible in ANIMAL KINGDOM and can't wait to see what he does next! I'd like to see him team up with Tom Hardy... Oh, wait... he just did! Dream come true!
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1:08AM on 03/25/2011

@KevinT1149

not only that, but the new character is actually called Jason Bourne but it's not the same Jason Bourne... right.

Fuck this.
not only that, but the new character is actually called Jason Bourne but it's not the same Jason Bourne... right.

Fuck this.
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12:59AM on 03/25/2011

Joel Edgerton

If change is inevitable...
If change is inevitable...
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12:18AM on 03/25/2011
Whats acceptible with Mission Impossible going ahead with a new character is that the orginal character is passing the torch but with Bourne your calling it Bourne Legacy without Demon having any part in it why are they making it I can understand a remake which i hate remakes but this I cant understand
Whats acceptible with Mission Impossible going ahead with a new character is that the orginal character is passing the torch but with Bourne your calling it Bourne Legacy without Demon having any part in it why are they making it I can understand a remake which i hate remakes but this I cant understand
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