When Matt Damon opted out of the Bourne franchise, it was thought that a replacement might be a tall order. The guy not only owned the role, he was the heart and soul of the series. But Universal Pictures couldn’t give up such a lucrative property, and a new leading man was brought onboard, along with new talents behind the camera. In “The Bourne Legacy”, Jeremy Renner plays a new breed of super-spy, a product of a far more advanced training programme than Jason Bourne’s.
Universal describes the new film like this: “The narrative architect behind the “Bourne” film series, Tony Gilroy takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office. The writer/director expands the “Bourne” universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.”
Today, the studio released a brand new poster for the film, which has direct ties to the last three instalments (at least where the supporting cast is concerned). The poster sort of keeps the series’ design aesthetic. If you remember the credits sequence of the Bourne trilogy, you’ll recognise the use of flowing, intersecting lines. This one uses strips a la shredded documents, a design which keeps Renner partially obscured, suggesting that this character is even more mysterious and unknowable than Bourne.
“The Bourne Legacy” is directed by Tony Gilroy and also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn. It premieres 3rd August.