Competition for ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Heats Up

March 3, 2011

The Bourne LegacyThere is often fierce competition within tinsel town between young actors for perceived high-profile roles. Spider Man (2002), Jack the Giant Killer and Captain America, are certainly among those roles. The last two are still in pre and post production. Of course, stiff competition for such roles is in no way uncommon, but it never fails to excite the mob-like masses of both diehard movie fans, film critics, and reporters alike.

Everyone inside Hollywood would agree the selection process for such huge roles is just as entertaining and exciting as the film itself. The roles just seem to keep on coming too. The latest big role to be generating a stir is director Tony Gilroy’s addition to the Bourne franchise, and will be titledĀ The Bourne Legacy. It is rumored that Gilroy wants to begin filming in August of this year, with a planned release date of August 2012.

So far, Gilroy has met with, or is about to meet with, a huge line up of young Hollywood big shots to takeover from previous star, Matt Damon. It has been reported that such names as Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Toby Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, and Benjamin Walker are among those under careful consideration. With such a list of names, it will undoubtedly be a long and painstaking selection. Whoever bags the role will be under intense pressure. They will need to match Damon’s dynamite performance in the previous three movies and not throw a grenade into the huge success and reputation the Bourne franchise has built thus far.

According to Variety, Universal Studios executives have been suggesting names to director Gilroy, who has a personal list of favorites. These two factors would certainly explain the long list, but the list is expected to be trimmed down quickly as the planned filming date fast approaches.

The Bourne movies are a series of spy genre films centering around the title character Jason Bourne. Bourne is a CIA assassin who suffers from psychogenic amnesia, (extreme memory loss). He desperately attempts to uncover who he really is, whilst battling for survival. The Bourne movies were adaptations of a set of novels written by author Robert Ludlum. The films have met with much critical acclaim and have earned an impressive average rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes movie review site.

There’s absolutely no doubt that both fans, critics, and reporters alike will be watching the selection of the next Jason Bourne with intense scrutiny.

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