Joan Allen, who played the role of Pamela Landy in The Bourne Supremacy & The Bourne Ultimatum, will be reprising her role in this Bourne spin-off. Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Lovely Bones) has been a recent addition to the cast, and there was speculation that she may be taking over the role of the CIA Chief Officer who aided in trying to capture Bourne, but of course, such speculation can now be put to rest.
Also to reprise their role from the previous movies, is Albert Finney who played Dr Albert Hirsch in The Bourne Ultimatum, though his role was a small one. However, seeing as the upcoming Bourne is a based around a different story, he may have a larger role in the story as a whole.
It’s currently unknown as to what role Weisz will be playing. However, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) will be playing the role of a new spy, with a similar background to Jason Bourne (or David Webb, whatever). Bourne Legacy, as in the book, will focus around another agent, Renner, who also has an affected memory along with the convenient ability to kick the crap out of anyone he encounters. This agent however, has stemmed from a programme which is even more dangerous than that which Jason Bourne came from, Treadstone. Edward Norton is also set to star in the movie, taking the role as the lead villain, along with Oscar Isaac (Body of Lies, Robin Hood (2010)) who will be playing another brainwashed killer, known only by the code name, Number 3. Director for the previous 3 Bourne movies, Paul Greengrass will not be directing the fourth in the franchise, and as a result, Matt Damon will not be returning to the franchise.
I know Legacy is based on a book, but do they really need to carry the Bourne movie franchise on? Especially without Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass? I mean, the first three movies were brilliant, and are among some of my all-time favourite movies. And even though some of the original cast are returning, it just won’t feel the same without Damon and the directing touch of Greengrass. It may’ve been good as a book, but the storyline sounds very similar to the original Bourne movies; and being what it is, an adaptation of a book, it could very easily fall victim to the book-to-movie failings, especially due to the fact that it’s carrying on without the character of Bourne. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out a post by Daniel Hart which discusses sequels that run their course, particularly the Bourne franchise, which is in the suggested links.
Being directed by Tony Gilroy, who has input into the previous Bourne movies, The Bourne Legacy is set to start filming in September, and will be hitting cinemas in the UK on the 17th August, 2o12.
By Manpreet Singh
- Bourne Legacy: ‘Sequels That Run Their Course’ (moviehart.wordpress.com)
- Joan Alle and Albert Finney reprising roles in THE BOURNE LEGACY (geektyrant.com)
I understand that money makes the world go round, and as soon as someone sees a chance of making money their eyes light up with the dollar sign. But in my opinion, there should be some fundamental rules…’leave on a high’. Like The Rocky film series, is there any need in making a Rocky 6 or in other words, Rocky Balboa? And there are rumours emerging that there is a potential Rocky 7. Now spare me the comments, we all know Rocky 6 was nowhere near as good as the previous 5. It was a money spinner. Rocky fans were left with their mouths dry in 1990, eager for the next Rocky; leave it 16 years, and the news of a new Rocky makes their mouths wet, and they rush to the cinemas in anticipation for another classic underdog v champion, which they didn’t get. They got an old man going through a mid-life crisis trying to box again. Don’t get me wrong though, I like Rocky.
This brings me to my point, Bourne Legacy. I genuinely thought the trilogy was satisfying enough and that making another Bourne film would only burn it out. Because the trilogy made sense, ‘Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum’, it was, in effect, three steps to freedom. But then I heard they were making Bourne Legacy, and after they left on a good high, this made my heart drop. Why? And then I heard Matt Damon wasn’t even in it, in fact it’s basing the whole film around a character played by Jeremy Renner. I do hope he isn’t the new Jason Bourne and they are trying to do what Bond films do and keep the series going on, because it won’t work with this type of film. At least get Mark Wahlberg, so if Jason Bourne is in it, we would only see a slight difference.
I just don’t understand why film companies feel the need to carry on something that should be left alone to the fans imaginations and should never be touched. We don’t need remakes like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and we certainly don’t need a new Bourne film, especially if it’s not the same cast.
Sequels do run their course, such a shame people fall for money spinners.
Before this movie was seriously considered, director Paul Greengrass jokingly suggested to make a fourth Bourne movie called ‘The Bourne Redundancy’
Bond works though, but that is an exception. There are loads of remakes and added sequels that shouldn’t have been made, can you think of any?
By Daniel Hart
- Jeremy Renner Offered ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (screenrant.com)
- Jeremy Renner Will Star In ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Rachel Weisz: ‘Bourne Legacy’ with Jeremy Renner? (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Rachel Weisz May Join Jeremy Renner in ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (screenrant.com)
- Jeremy Renner Offered Lead In ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (screenrant.com)