Universal’s search for the new face of their Bourne franchise is narrowing, and Deadline has a list of actors who are set to test for the lead role early next month. They include Joel Edgerton (The Thing), Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Luke Evans (The Amateur American).
The site also says that more established names such as Shia LaBeouf and Taylor Kitsch (to be seen in John Carter of Mars and Battleship next year) are also in the mix and have met with director Tony Gilroy, but they wont be testing.
Last year Gilroy cleared up what The Bourne Legacy is actually about and insisted it won’t prevent Matt Damon from returning in the future.
“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 later this year.
More names will no doubt be thrown into the mix over the upcoming weeks but, from the actors above, who’s your pick?