Jeremy Renner in "The Bourne Legacy"The trailer for the latest installment in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, has arrived, and not surprisingly, it looks pretty bad ass. Like its predecessors, Legacy promises to have boatloads of action and gory violence, crazy stunts, hot dudes (and ladies), a solid script, and a kick-ass cast.
From what I've seen I've seen and read about this film, it's got it all. Well, almost. See, it's missing Matt Damon.
The new lead is Jeremy Renner, who, if anyone is going to replace Matt Damon, Renner's the man. His character's name is Aaron Cross, and apparently he's picking up where Jason Bourne left off. Yes, Renner looks like he'll be good in this lead, and no, he's not full-on replacing Damon, Becky from Roseanne or Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince-style, but still -- The Bourne Legacy without Jason Bourne seems weird. What's a Bourne without Bourne?
Apparently, Damon didn't want to return to the franchise without director Paul Greengrass. New director (and writer of the films), Tony Gilroy, said of the movie: "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter ... this is a stand-alone project." So ... why call it "Bourne"?
I'm sure the movie will be perfectly entertaining, but it's basically just a random action flick without Damon. He was the Bourne movies. Prequels or sequels -- even though this "isn't one" -- without the main character are always weird. It's like, we hear the old person's name peppered throughout the movie, and it always seems forced and contrived. It isn't natural, and it kind of takes the viewer out of the experience for a little while, if that makes any sense.
Hopefully, this will be different, though. I do love me some Jeremy Renner, and I'd hate to see a perfectly good movie franchise go to crap.
Check out the new trailer:
What do you think of a Damon-free Bourne movie?
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