Despite various Internet rumors to the contrary, the long drawn out casting saga of “The Bourne Legacy” has still not reached a conclusion in naming an official new star. A brief recap of the soap opera: First, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass out, Tony Gilroy in. Then, a whole bunch of “hot” up-and-coming and established actors were named to a list of potential stars, including Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans, etc. That list was narrowed down further, when a new wildcard, Jeremy Renner, was reportedly offered the role.
Not so, it seems, judging by the lack of confirmation or announcement from writer/director Gilroy and backing studio Universal. It is therefore our journalistic duty to ask all past, present and future “Legacy” contenders for their thoughts on Gilroy and the film, which is exactly what I did when I ran into Taylor Kitsch at a press day for his new movie “The Bang Bang Club” over the weekend.
I asked Kitsch point-blank how his meeting with Gilroy went, which he met with a twinkle in the eye and a raise of the eyebrow: “[The meeting was] good,” he said coolly.
“It’s brilliant. First of all, it’s rare to get a script like that,” he continued in his assessment of Gilroy’s script. “The story is quite ridiculous. He’s just a brilliant cat, so it’s a no-brainer taking a meeting like that, and I’ll just leave that one there.”
As for when he expects an official announcement regarding “Bourne Legacy” casting, Kitsch kept it cool.
“I don’t know,” he said with what seemed to me, at the time, a very knowing smile. “Soon.”
Perhaps that field of candidates hasn’t quite been narrowed down yet… or has it? Either way, with upcoming blockbusters like “John Carter of Mars” and “Battleship” already on his plate, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Kitsch in the coming years, whether he’s continuing Bourne’s legacy or not.
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