‘The Bourne Legacy’ trailer, featuring Jeremy Renner, action star


Jeremy Renner, “Bourne Legacy” star. (© Phil McCarten / Reuters/REUTERS)

With roles in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and the upcoming “Avengers,” Jeremy Renner’s image as a formidable action star has been well-established.

But the first trailer for “The Bourne Legacy” — the fourth “Bourne” film and a spin-off that casts Renner as new hero Aaron Cross — attempts to even more firmly cement the notion that this Academy Award nominee is a flinty, butt-kicking force with which to be reckoned.

Watch as the “Psycho”-esque screen wipes slowly reveal a close-up of Renner’s ruggedly determined face! Behold as he leaps from exceedingly tall trees and fires a sniper rifle! Gasp as he punches some dude square in the throat really, really hard!

It’s all designed to make us forget that the “Bourne” movies once starred a guy named Matt Damon, playing a man actually named Jason Bourne. And, with apologies to the exceptional Mr. Damon, it pretty much works.

Check out the clip for the movie (which opens in August) and see if you agree, or if you still think it was unwise to proceed with a “Bourne” movie sans Damon..

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.
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