Jeremy Renner To Star In 'The Bourne Legacy': Report

Jeremy Renner Taking Over Bourne Role: Report

Jason Bourne tried to remember his identity. Now, the films that bear his name will have a whole new hero. One report indicates that it will be an already well established action star.

Matt Damon's time as the star of the "Bourne Identity" series is over, and the search for his successor is over, the Latino Review reports. The site reports that a source indicated that "The Town" and "The Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead role in the next generation of Bourne movies, starting with "The Bourne Legacy."

If true, Renner is a strong, experienced choice, but not one that had been rumored to be on director Tony Gilroy's shortlist in February. Then, potential Bourne 2.0 stars included Jake Gyllenhaal, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellen Lutz and Tobey Maguire.

Whether it's Renner or someone else, they'll have a character of their own to inhabit.

"This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel," Gilroy explained in October. "No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project... The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive."

Renner will be seen this summer in another action film, "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol." In fact, he will be taking over the franchise from original star Tom Cruise, with whom he co-stars in the fourth film. He'll also play the hero Hawkeye in the upcoming Avengers film, as well as in a cameo in this summer's "Thor" big screen adaptation.

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