After Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass bailed from the next installment of the Jason Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, speculation has been rampant about what the new Bourne film might have in store for its diehard fans.

The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Identity writer Tony Gilroy was revealed last year to have taken up the reins as director on the new film, replacing Greengrass. It also recently came to light that The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner will star in the new film version, though it was said that he would not reprise the role of Jason Bourne himself, but play a new character.

Now that the movie is filming, Renner is opening up about his role. "My character is called Aaron Cross, but he ends up having a bunch of different names" Renner told Empire. He describes the film as having "the same tempo and pace, but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a Bourne movie," Renner assured.

Gilroy sang a similar tune in October. "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a while new hero, a whole new chapter" in what he called "a stand-alone project," according to E! Online. "Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive."


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Renner is shaping up to be Hollywood's next big hero. He will also star as Hawkeye in the highly anticpated film, The Avengers. Both The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy are slated for release next year.

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