Top news in the casting of the lead in The Bourne Legacy which has just been announced – it’s the terrific JEREMY RENNER.

The Bourne Legacy, the next instalment of the franchise to be directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the three previous and incredibly successful movies in the series, has just got even more exciting as the lead in the new movie will be played by JEREMY RENNER – terrific choice. Following Matt Damon’s very brilliant tenure in the now iconic role of super spy Jason Bourne was never going to be easy but I think Renner’s casting is a very smart way to go. He brings an enormous amount of energy to the screen that will be a huge asset in something like a Bourne movie.

Jeremy Renner in The Town

Jeremy Renner in The Town

From his early work which had a lot of people sit up and take notice of after his performance as the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, JEREMY RENNER then scored a series of notable supporting roles in movies such as S.W.A.T., North Country, 28 Weeks Later and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

But it was his stellar, intricate and Oscar-nominated performance as Sgt James in director Kathryn Bigelow‘s amazing The Hurt Locker that brought him into the wider consciousness and was certainly where I became aware of him. This was followed by his focused, dangerous turn as Coughlin in Ben Affleck’s The Town (for which he was also Oscar-nominated). It could be that with the combination of him and The Bourne Legacy, we might see another Daniel Craig / Bond moment for popular films where critics were initially sceptical but then wholeheartedly embraced his performance when the film was released.

So I’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what Renner will bring to the Bourne universe when the movie comes out next summer. Bring it on!