Matt Damon has been talking about the upcoming continuation of the Bourne franchise, and according to the man himself, he won’t be remotely involved with the project.
“No, I’m not in that one,” he told MTV recently. “I haven’t even read the script.” However, he does seem to know enough to explain how the film will fit in to the rest of the canon.
“My understanding is that it’s like if you think of X-Men and then Wolverine , the spin-off movie – just think of it in reverse,” he explained. “There’s the Bourne character, and then there’s this whole world. It doesn’t preclude Paul Greengrass and I from doing another one.”
And Damon was only too happy to give his successor, Jeremy Renner, the official seal of approval.
“When Paul Greengrass and I were talking about the character and maybe doing a fourth one a couple years ago and maybe passing it off to somebody, Renner was the guy we talked about. He’s an obvious choice, because he’s such a good actor and can carry a movie.”
“Those movies are really tough, because you need the guy to be internally tortured about something, and Jeremy’s the kind of guy you could watch,” continued Damon. “You could remove the action and watch Jeremy just angst over something for two hours, and it could be really compelling.”
The Bourne Legacy is released in the UK on 17 August 2012.