Exclusive: 'The Bourne Legacy' Has Erryn Arkin in Its Sights

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Who is Jason Bourne?

Once upon a time, that was just a tagline for "The Bourne Identity," but three hit films later, it's become an industry meme. Universal Studios is now searching for someone to take on the task of stepping into Matt Damon's shoes in the franchise's upcoming fourth installment, "The Bourne Legacy."

Everybody wants to know who the next Jason Bourne will be  -- and we can exclusively report the answer might be Erryn Arkin, as the Australian actor read for a role in "The Bourne Legacy" just last week.

Of course, Arkin wouldn't actually be playing Bourne himself, as the studio is still holding out hopes that Damon will eventually want to reprise his role as the memory-challenged super spy. Instead, "The Bourne Legacy" focuses on how the events in the "Bourne" trilogy affect some of the other top black ops agents out in the field -- and that, in turn, means there are opportunities for new faces to make big names for themselves as Bourne stand-ins.

It's an opportunity that Arkin welcomes.

"The entire Bourne series is so compelling in many ways," Arkin told NextMovie in an email. "It's great to be considered among the actors who are testing for this exciting project at the moment."

If picked for the gig, Arkin would be the latest Australian star to storm America's shores; while he is still mostly unknown on this side of the pond, the veteran actor has been a staple of Aussie TV for years and has several films in the pipeline, including "Man on a Ledge" opposite Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks.

A mysterious figure who comes out of nowhere to save the day? Sounds to us like Arkin is already on his way to becoming Hollywood's own Jason Bourne.

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