Edward Norton to play The Bourne Legacy’s villain?

Director Tony Gilroy wants to cast a big name

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Edward Norton is close to signing on to play the villain in The Bourne Legacy.

Variety report that the former Hulk actor is in negotiations for the mysterious role.

If Norton signs on the dotted line, he’ll be going up against new franchise lead Jeremy Renner, who’s taking on the hero role in the Matt Damon-lite system reset.

Directed by Tony Gilroy, Legacy will also star the recently married Rachel Weisz, and takes place in the same world as the previous Bourne films – albeit minus their titular hero.

It’s been a while since Norton did something that not only capitalised on his considerable ability to play a total bastard, but also got our blood seriously pumping.

Legacy promises to do both those things, and for that it gets a round of applause.

The Bourne Legacy
opens 3 August 2012.

Warming up to Legacy? Or still think it's just cashing in on the Bourne name? Drop us your thoughts below...


    • Hadouken76

      Jul 13th 2011, 9:55

      LIke Star Wars without Han Solo, a waste of time...

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 13th 2011, 17:36

      " Bite the curb Bourne , Now say goodnight "

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    • FBALee

      Jul 13th 2011, 18:14

      No Matt Damon, No Bourne? Why bother... oh, that's right, because people (especially us Americans) are so easily maneuvered into watching things that sound familiar and have any sort of advertising campaign with recognizable names that this movie will generate lots of money. So hey, why not?

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    • Turkish

      Jul 13th 2011, 18:29

      Didn’t consider the Bourne films to be that good in the first place but without Matt Damon they’re certainly going to get a whole lot worse. The article did highlight an extremely good point though; whatever role Norton seems to play he’s always hateful!

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    • ScottFree

      Jul 13th 2011, 19:50

      can't be bothered about this one....a Bourne movie without Bourne...pointless

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 13th 2011, 23:46

      I think it's pretty obvious what the studio is trying to do, they want a Bourne franchise that will rival Bond.

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    • thejonner

      Jul 14th 2011, 6:56

      @Ali748 - at least the Bond franchise always features Bond... And I couldn't agree more with the other comments, especially the first one. Just let it go, man.

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