When is enough too much? That’s the question I find myself asking in reference to Jeremy Renner. The forty year old actor, who became one of the most sought after in the industry following his Oscar nomination for The Hurt Locker, picked up another nod for his killer role in The Town this past year along with parts in nearly every big-budget film in production. He’ll be seen two weeks from now in Marvel’s Thor and follows it up with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (a franchise he’s said to be taking the reigns of in the future) this winter, with two more actioners ready to release next year (The Avengers and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters).
But the buck doesn’t stop there. Hollywood is extremely high on Renner and now he’s set to fill in for Matt Damon in the fourth installment of Universal’s Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. Deadline says that the studio tested numerous up-and-coming actors including Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans and Anthony Mackie, but one can’t deny that Renner’s star is rising more quickly than any of them. My guess is that, even though he’s being groomed for a handful of franchises, Universal made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Renner will play an operative from a covert government program that is even more dangerous than the Treadstone brainwashing program that hatched Bourne in Legacy, which is being directed by series-scribe Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity). The spin-off is scheduled to begin production in September and will release on August 3rd 2012. Going back to my original point, though I am a big fan of Renner’s visceral method, it’s just too much for one man. I know that he’s physically capable of making all these blockbuster films, but in my eyes this kind of over-exposure is going to hurt his career in the long run. We haven’t even begun to see the fore mentioned slate of films he’s in and I already feel as though he’s saturated cinema. He may be the best man for the job, but when Universal has problems scheduling the busy actor for the inevitable Bourne sequel, I’ll say I TOLD YOU SO.