Last Year we learned that the fourth movie in the Jason Bourne franchise wouldn’t include out titular amnesiac hero, but rather an all-new character. Director Tony Gilroy said The Bourne Legacy is “not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter… this is a stand-alone project.” Now it’s time to fill this new hero’s shoes. Variety was first on the scene with a shortlist of contenders that includes actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga). But there’s more!
After Variety’s post, Deadline followed up with even more names on the shortlist. Apparently Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar Isaac (Body of Lies), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Benjamin Walker (recently cast in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Yes, it seems like this is one of the most coveted roles for young actors at the moment. But who’s the best man for the job?
My personal favorite out of this list is Joel Edgerton. His talent has been proven with work in films like Animal Kingdom, and while the actor is likely to become a more recognizable name after The Thing remake hits theaters, this would launch him into stardom. The most unlikely, but wholly interesting choice is Paul Dano. After playing strange, and scrawny characters in films like Little Miss Sunshine, Taking Woodstock and more, he doesn’t seem like the action hero type, but I’d love to see him tackle a role like this. Meanwhile names like Pettyfer and Lutz don’t inspire much confidence. As of now there’s no frontrunner for the part so anything can happen