Since appearing in The Incredible Hulk in 2008 Edward Norton has stayed away from big studio movies, however according to Variety the actor is set to return as he is currently in negotiations to play the villain in The Bourne Legacy.
No details on his character or the plot have been released, but he’ll be joining Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz in the film.
Last year director Tony Gilroy (Duplicity, Michael Clayton, writer of previous Bourne films) made clear what The Bourne Legacy was in relation to Matt Damon’s films.
“It’s a completely original screenplay.” Secondly, “This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. 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,” Gilroy says. “Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].
Universal is targeting an August 2012 release for The Bourne Legacy with filming expected to begin in September.