Tony Gilroy, writer of the three previous "Bourne" films, has written a spin-off, "The Bourne Legacy," featuring a different hero, which he will also be directing. And now the search has begun for the film's lead.
Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Kellan Lutz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, Benjamin Walker are on the "short list" of actors that Gilroy is considering, reported Deadline and Variety.The list is expected to be trimmed in short order.
Gilroy is obviously a talented writer, and he did a great job directing "Michael Clayton," and even "Duplicity" was better than most of us remember it. If they're determined to continue the Bourne franchise without Damon, it's at least in the hands of the right guy, but we're still not happy.
Without getting into their schedules/availability, let's break each of the candidates down in 5 words or less:
Joel Edgerton: Great choice
Josh Hartnett: No
Jake Gyllenhaal: Good in "Source Code," maybe
Tobey Maguire: Already helped kill one franchise
Paul Dano: Love him, can't see it
Michael Pitt: Too pretty
Oscar Isaac: Never happen
Garrett Hedlund: Only if "Tron" dies
Michael Fassbender: Hell to the yes
Luke Evans: Interesting...
Alex Pettyfer: We'd prefer Hartnett
Taylor Kitsch: You sank my Battleship!
Benjamin Walker: Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Kellan Lutz: Can he act?