Jeremy Renner Recruited for 'The Bourne Legacy'

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The search is over... and now the chase begins!

Universal is ready to commence with the fourth installment of the "Bourne" franchise now that -- at long last -- Matt Damon's successor has been chosen. And it is Jeremy Renner who will soon be on the run with "The Bourne Legacy," according to Deadline.

Almost every young (or at least young-ish) actor in Hollywood has been rumored to be in the running (pun intended, you betcha) to star in the new "Bourne" adventure, and Universal has certainly taken its time in making its decision. Renner was one of the many actors that had been mentioned to be up for the role before, and now the Oscar-nominated star of "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town" has officially received his orders.

"The Bourne Legacy," which will be directed by Tony Gilroy, will feature Renner as an operative from other covert government organization, this one even more sinister than the Treadstone brainwashing program that hatched Jason Bourne.

Jeremy Renner is right on the verge of becoming quite the movie star in the next year or so, as he'll be appearing in both "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the Marvel superhero team-up extravaganza, "The Avengers" (as Hawkeye), even before "The Bourne Legacy" opens on Aug. 3, 2012.