We’ve known for awhile now that Universal plans to continue the Bourne series without Matt Damon, after he ditched the franchise when director Paul Greengrass bolted. Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter on the first three Bourne flicks, has been tapped to take over the franchise, which will follow an all new character, leaving open the possibility that Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne could return is a future installment). There’s been a lot of talk about who would become that successor, talk that has focused on Garret Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Luke Evans, Shia LaBeouf and James McAvoy, among others. Apparently, Gilroy’s first choice is Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), but the studio wants Jeremy Renner, In fact, a variety of sources have reported that an offer has been officially made to Renner, and now it’s up to him to decide if he wants to follow in Damon’s footsteps, in addition to his work on The Avengers and Mission Impossible.
He is a good fit, I suppose. And if you had to continue the franchise without Damon, I’d have no objections with the Hurt Locker star. He is a better choice, I reckon, than these five other candidates that were in consideration for creative reworkings of the franchise.
Zach Braff in The Bourne Funsies
Danny Glover in I’m Too Old for this Bourne
Michael Cera in The Awkward Bourne Silence
Jon Heder in The Bourne Duh!
Bradley Cooper in The Bourne Emu