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The hot role for young actors right now is the lead in The Bourne Identity spinoff that will start production this fall with Tony Gilroy directing his script for Universal. Here are the names I've heard have met with Gilroy or are otherwise in the mix: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, Benjamin Walker. Gilroy will pare the list quickly. Several of the actors might have availability issues. Stay tuned.

source: Deadline Hollywood

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Comment by Camino on February 24, 2011 at 10:44pm

Gilroy has previously stated this is NOT a "reboot or a recast or a prequel", but rather "there will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive…We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see what we're going and see what we're doing it'll be pretty obvious....but Jason Bourne's actvities in the first three films is the immediate trigger."

Gilroy wants to screen test all of the actors which, combined with availability, is expected to whittle down that list quite fast. Shooting aims to kick off in the Spring.


Comment by Camino on February 24, 2011 at 10:35pm


"The list of thesps includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Kellan Lutz, sources close to the process tell Variety."The trades of Variety have received the scoop on who may lead the latest Tony Gilroy-directed 'Bourne' installment, The Bourne Legacy. The site says that Gilroy has been in town week meeting with several actors for the lead role that is not Jason Bourne, but rather, a new assassin with a similar background.

UPDATE: Deadline has added additionally Contenders:

Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker.

The site further states that insiders add Gilroy has an idea of what kind of actor he wants, while Universal have their own picks. And lesser-known actors could become a factor because Gilroy wants to screen-test all candidates.


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