Four Actors Test for the Lead Role in Bourne Legacy
Posted 03.25.11 by Ryan
Whether Bourne fans like it or not, another sequel is on the way that won't feature Matt Damon. Instead, Universal is pressing forward with a "stand-alone project" that will feature a new agent with the same training as Damon's character of Jason Bourne. Titled Bourne Legacy, the sequel comes from writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), who also worked on all three previous Bourne scripts.
Last month, almost every young actor in Hollywood was reportedly up for the role, but a recent report has four actors testing for Gilroy and the studio nest month.
According to Deadline, Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), and Dominic Cooper (Tamara Drewe) will all test for the lead role the first week of April. This doesn't mean that the role will only go to these four actors, since the report states that Shia LaBeouf is also in the mix but won't test and that Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has met with Gilroy about the part already. Other actors could also be considered outside of the six named in the report.
For those still hoping for another Bourne with, well, Bourne in it, Gilroy has stated that Legacy won't close the door on Damon's return as the character. Damon, meanwhile, has been adamant that he wouldn't do another Bourne without The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass.
Damon revealed in January that Universal doesn't own the rights to the character, instead they remain with the estate of the late author Robert Ludlum, and that another Bourne directed by Greengrass and starring Damon could eventually be made in "five more years" at another studio.