It’s nice to see actors go from virtual unknown to multiple Oscar nominee to star of a mega-budget action franchise in just a few years — especially when they’re not in their teens anymore. Fortunately, this time around with actor Jeremy Renner, who’s done just that, we actually like him and don’t feel like he’s being shoved down our throats like certain other people (Sam Worthington, we’re looking at you).
Renner’s latest gig is the lead role in the Tony Gilroy-directed The Bourne Legacy. Renner, who as we mentioned above, has been nominated for Oscars the past two years for his work in The Hurt Locker and The Town, is expected to close his deal quickly to play a new character in the spinoff film that begins production in September.
This new character will reportedly be an operative from a covert government program even more dangerous than Treadstone, the program that created Jason Bourne. Other actors reportedly in contention for this coveted role were Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans, Taylor Kitsch and Anthony Mackie. Of those, Renner seems like the best choice — especially given his strong performances in his last couple of films.
The Bourne Legacy begins filming this Fall for an August, 2012 release.