The "Bourne" movies have a new leading man: Jeremy Renner.
Weeks after Renner's name first surfaced as a "Bourne" candidate over at Latino Review, it's now been confirmed that "The Hurt Locker" star has been offered the lead in Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy." Fans of the first three installments of the series, take comfort that Renner isn't replacing Matt Damon. Rather, the 40-year-old star will reportedly play an operative who is part of a covert government program that creates assassins like Bourne.
Renner beat out the likes of rumored could-be Bournes such as Alex Pettyfer, Dominic Cooper, and Joel Edgerton (more on him in today's Casting Call.) In addition to carrying on the new "Bourne" franchise, Renner is also in the works to take over the "Mission: Impossible" flicks and is taking part in the upcoming "Avengers" reboot.
Check out the rest of Friday's biggest casting news in Hollywood including Tom Cruise's next project, as well as Josh Brolin joining a gang of "Gangsters."
Joel Edgerton, "Bourne" to Play A "Huntsman"?
Despite a report from Vulture that up-and-coming actor Joel Edgerton could be starring in "The Bourne Legacy" (see above), there could still be a prime role in the Aussie's future. According to the site, Edgerton is now on the list of actors in consideration for the part of the Huntsman in "Snow White and the Huntsman." The role is once again up for grabs as both Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman have dropped out of the project.
Tom Cruise: Seven Figure Man
Deadline is reporting that Tom Cruise has been attached to an upcoming project with screen writer Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love.") Warner Bros. is apparently in the midst of making the highest bid to get the rights to the film, in which Cruise would play a politician who has to pick up the pieces of his life after he's caught having an affair.
Gosling, Penn And Brolin To Make An All-Star Squad
Warner Bros. is also negotiating with the likes of Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and most recently, Josh Brolin, to star in a crime drama called "Gangster Squad," according to Deadline. Penn would play Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen, while Gosling and Brolin would star as the cops who attempt to bring him down.
A "Pulp Fiction" Reunion Gets "Savage"
Uma Thurman and John Travolta could be back together on the big screen for the first time since the 1994 classic "Pulp Fiction." Once again Deadline broke the news that the two stars are being eyed for Oliver Stone's big screen interpretation of Don Winslow’s best-seller "Savages." Thurman and Travolta will join the likes of Blake Lively (as Thurman's character's daughter), Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, and Aaron Johnson for the drug drama.
"Ted" Gets Another Person To Play With
Seth MacFarlane's big screen comedy, "Ted," has yet another name added to its ensemble, "90210" actress Jessica Stroup. The film follows a man (Mark Wahlberg) who has a dysfunctional relationship with his Teddy Bear. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stroup will star alongside Mila Kunis (who plays her co-worker and a love interest of Wahlberg) and Joel McHale (who will appear as her sexually active boss.) The flick also has Patrick Warburton and Giovanni Ribisi on board.
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