Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross in THE BOURNE LEGACY, a film directed by Tony Gilroy. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Opened: 08/10/2012 Wide
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Genre: Spy Thriller
Rated: PG-13 for for violence and action sequences.
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
About the Film
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, TONY GILROY, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. Building on the foundation of the Bourne universe created by ROBERT LUDLUM, the writer/director expands the saga with an original story that reveals a larger conspiracy.
Twelve years ago, audiences were introduced to Jason Bourne when he was pulled unconscious from the Mediterranean. Over the course of three films, they followed his journey to survive and discover his identity. They watched his CIA handlers mount an increasingly desperate worldwide manhunt. They learned about the Treadstone program and Bourne's special skills and abilities, and at the trilogy's conclusion, they may have even felt the story was complete. The Bourne Legacy pulls back the curtain to expose a darker layer of intrigue, a deeper mythology, and a new hero who must battle to stay alive when his program suddenly becomes a liability.
The Bourne Legacy is exactly that--the legacy-- the aftermath--of what's come before. Bourne's public exposure at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum sparks a bonfire that threatens to burn down decades of research and development into the building of better spies and warriors. Audiences will discover that there are actually a variety of intelligence programs, that the CIA's Treadstone was but one of the early developments and that Bourne's actions are creating a tremendous anxiety that other programs may be exposed.
Aaron Cross (JEREMY RENNER of The Hurt Locker, The Town, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible-- Ghost Protocol) is one of six agents in a program called Outcome. Unlike the CIA's Treadstone, Outcome agents have been developed and trained for use by the Department of Defense. More than assassins, Outcome agents are designed for use in isolated, high-risk, long-term intelligence assignments. The behavioral science that was suggested as the underpinning of the Treadstone agents has been upgraded and advanced, but it's the shared origins of these two programs that makes Outcome so vulnerable as Bourne's story becomes public knowledge.
EDWARD NORTON (The Illusionist, The Incredible Hulk) plays ret. Colonel Eric Byer, the director of a black-line agency, NRAG (National Research Assay Group), at the heart of the Bourne universe. Byer is the man who's built these programs, fought to keep them funded and shopped them to a variety of eager U.S. intelligence services in the vast, post-9/11 espionocracy. Pulling back the curtain, we realize he's been there all the while, watching as the three previous films have played out. It's Byer's world that's being threatened as the CIA fails to contain Bourne and, with the realization that Treadstone's fall will expose the close working relationship between two of his chief medical directors, Byer has no choice but to sacrifice Outcome. That means eliminating everyone involved, including the science and medical researchers who helped to create it. He must now bring to bear every resource possible and erase the infected program to preserve the rest of his work.
Academy Award®-winning actress RACHEL WEISZ (The Constant Gardener, The Mummy) stars alongside Renner as Dr. Marta Shearing, a research scientist with top-security clearance and a highpaying job in the Maryland laboratory of corporate pharma-giant Candent. It's the groundbreaking science developed in her lab that's responsible for Outcome, and her job includes monitoring the Outcome agents on the rare occasion that they pass through the area. She knows Aaron as she knows the rest of them: as a number, as a clinical subject, as a guinea-pig. She's ignored the ethical conflict of her work, but when the entire program needs to be terminated and it's her life in jeopardy, she's forced to confront the morality of her choices as she fights to stay alive.
Byer has built his NRAG network at the Beltway nexus of the intelligence, military and corporate communities. STACY KEACH (W., American History X) plays ret. Admiral Mark Turso, Byer's chief advisor and link to the Pentagon. DENNIS BOUTSIKARIS plays Terrence Ward, the CEO of The Candent Group, the big-pharma giant working beyond the cutting-edge of science and medical ethics under the banner of national security. The appetite for enhanced warriors--a very real military/intel dream over the last 60 years--has finally met the moment where breakthroughs in biochemistry and genomics are making things possible. We learn very early in The Bourne Legacy that Treadstone was but one of Byer's early programs and, as the film progresses, we discover that even Outcome has been upgraded. But just as each of these programs carries the promise of more perfect agents, so do they each present their own unique bugs and flaws. Aaron Cross's physical enhancements will feel familiar to fans of Jason Bourne. His cognitive lift, however, makes for a more adaptive and provocative skillset. It also holds a great danger: The Outcome agents have proven difficult to control, and Cross, once cut free of the leash, makes for an even more dangerous threat to his creators.
OSCAR ISAAC (Drive, Robin Hood) plays Outcome #3, and in his handful of scenes in The Bourne Legacy, Isaac has a chance to explore with Renner these tensions with the clear, raw perspective of two men who've signed up for more than they bargained for.
With The Bourne Ultimatum playing in the background of the first two reels, The Bourne Legacy has the opportunity to follow through on the storylines left hanging in the previous films. The story invites several franchise veterans to reprise their roles from earlier Bourne chapters. They include five-time Academy Award® nominee ALBERT FINNEY (Erin Brockovich, Big Fish) as Dr. Albert Hirsch, the medical director behind Treadstone, and JOAN ALLEN (The Notebook, Nixon) as Pam Landy, the CIA's internal investigator whose relationship with Bourne has erupted in The Bourne Ultimatum. DAVID STRATHAIRN (Good Night and Good Luck., L.A. Confidential) returns as Noah Vosen, head of the black-ops security program Blackbriar, and SCOTT GLENN (Training Day, The Silence of the Lambs) appears as Ezra Kramer, the director of the CIA. They too will find their previous positions shattered as Cross defies the odds and refuses to be terminated.
Written by Tony Gilroy & DAN GILROY (Real Steel, The Fall) from a story by Tony Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy is produced by FRANK MARSHALL (Bourne series, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), PATRICK CROWLEY (Bourne series, The Other Guys), JEFFREY M. WEINER (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) and BEN SMITH. JENNIFER FOX (Michael Clayton, Duplicity, Syriana), Gilroy's longtime production partner, joins him here as an executive producer.
Gilroy's accomplished behind-the-scenes team is led by Oscar®-winning director of photography ROBERT ELSWIT (There Will Be Blood, Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol), production designer KEVIN THOMPSON (Michael Clayton, Duplicity), editor JOHN GILROY (Warrior, Michael Clayton), composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (Michael Clayton, Duplicity) and costume designer SHAY CUNLIFFE (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Family Stone). 2nd unit director DAN BRADLEY (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) returns to choreograph and deliver the sequences that have become a benchmark for action filmmaking.
HENRY MORRISON (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) joins Fox as executive producer of the action-thriller.