A lot of mystery has surrounded the upcoming The Bourne Legacy, the fourth movie in the series that so far consists of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. For one thing, central character Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) will not be a part of this film—this has led some purist fans to reject it altogether. However, more optimistic members of the Bourne-again clan maintain faith in the upcoming movie, which will star Jeremy Renner as the lead.
Up until now, we have known very little about Renner's character and what sort of role he'll be playing both in this standalone movie and in accordance with the series in general. Renner finally revealed some information to Empire that might appease some curious fans:
"My character is called Aaron Cross, but he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new programme and new characters."
Regarding the Treadstone operation that has been beyond integral to the Bourne series thus far: "Yeah, it's that same deal, it's just a new set of agents with a different leash. It's the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a Bourne movie."
So, according to Renner, the movie will play to both bases: instilled with something new, but rooted in something traditional. It's not an easy balance to maintain, and with a series as enjoyed as the Bourne movies, it'll be hard to satisfy everyone. But hey, it's happening. It's a Bourne movie, at the very least marginally, with Edward Norton in it. So call me crazy, but I'm sure it'll have its share of high points.
The Bourne Legacy comes out Aug. 3, 2012.