Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Aaron Cross in the upcoming Bourne sequel.
The franchise’s future was initially in limbo after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy received a lukewarm response from critics and audiences at the box office. But it seems Universal wants to stay in the Bourne business.
Anthony Peckham, the writer behind 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, has been hired to write the script. And Variety reports that Frank Marshall will once again serve as producer. Other than those tidbits, we still don’t know much about the movie, including who might direct the film, where the plot will pick up, or when it will be released.
The announcement places a damper on hopes that Matt Damon will reprise his role as Jason Bourne anytime soon. In interviews earlier this year, Damon entertained the idea of returning to the series, but insisted he would come back only if the film had a good plot and if director Paul Greengrass was involved.
Damon has also said he doesn’t envision joining with Renner in a future installment, although he is a fan of the actor. “I love the character and the three movies we did, so I’d love to figure out a way to do another one,” the Elysium actor told Playboy.” [But] I don’t see those characters [Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross] teaming up with anybody.”
Jeremy Renner is also slated to star in American Hustle later this year—with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence—as well as in Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron.