Joan Allen Is Back For Bourne

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, TreadstoneEdward 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

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