'Bourne Legacy' Teaser Trailer: Never Just One

Bourne Legacy

There was never just one — you just didn't know that the other one was played by Jeremy Renner!

Well, now you do, especially with the release of the first teaser trailer for "The Bourne Legacy." Renner makes his entry into the spy drama franchise following the exit of long time lead Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, but Jason Bourne he is not: this is Aaron Cross, a new breed of amnesiac assassin who has his own share of grudges to make right.

As is the norm for the "Bourne" franchise, the first "Legacy" trailer is shrouded in mystery. It's not until more than halfway through the teaser that we first see Aaron Cross in action, bearded at points, assembling sniper rifles at others. The scowling voice of Edward Norton promises that "Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg," while other agents declare that they've never seen evaluations like the ones they've seen in Cross. It's a far cry from where the man started, it seems: at the beginning of the teaser, Cross comes across as a battered and broken man willing to do anything he can to turn his life around. Turn his life around he has—but for better or for worse?

Either way… pretty cool teaser. For a movie that I was not at all sure about before today, I am suddenly looking forward to "Bourne Legacy" a whole lot more.

"The Bourne Legacy" stars Renner, Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Albert Finney. It storms into theaters on August 3, 2012.

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