'Bourne Legacy' could star Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, or...Paul Dano?! A casting agent weighs in.
Image Credit: Jasin Boland; Tina Gill/Janet Mayer/Bob Charlotte/Allen Berezovsky/PR PhotosWho will be the next Jason Bourne? That’s the question that’s got Hollywood buzzing today after a bunch of names were floated online as possible stars of summer 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. Ever since Matt Damon said that he wouldn’t be returning for a fourth installment in the action-packed, amnesiac spy franchise, fans of the series — and its creators — have wondered who would fill his sizable shoes. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three chapters and who will direct Legacy instead of Paul Greengrass, is now reportedly in the process of meeting several young Hollywood actors for the spin-off film. It should be noted that none of these actors would be playing Damon’s character, Jason Bourne, but rather another assassin on the run a la Bourne. The list is a mix of Who’s Who and Who’s That?
While neither Universal nor Gilroy’s reps will confirm the names being floated, others have told EW that this list is neither full nor accurate. Still, there’s no reason not to take a look at some of the contenders vying to keep Damon’s seat warm until he hopefully decides to return. We asked one veteran Hollywood casting agent to weigh in on the list. Trust me, you’ll want to read what the agent had to say:
Jake Gyllenhaal: “I love Jake Gyllenhaal and he’s certainly in shape, but all of his movies have bombed. Price of Persia, or whatever it was called, my teenage daughter didn’t go to it.”
Tobey Maguire: “Why would he want to do this? He’s already been Spider-Man. He’s smart enough to be a Jason Bourne type and he’s an intelligent actor, but I can’t imagine he’d want to do this.”
Garrett Hedlund: “He was in TRON: Legacy, but I still don’t think people know who he is. I guess it depends what kind of audience they’re going for. Is it just teenagers? Because that’s not what the other Bourne films were. They appealed to older audiences too, and they were smart. My mother doesn’t know who Garrett Hedlund is.”
Taylor Kitsch: “There’s another one who I just don’t think is well known enough. He’s all-American-looking and he’s going to be in Battleship, but I don’t know if he can carry a movie. They may want to wait until Battleship comes out before they decide to cast him. I mean, he’s up-and-coming, but I don’t know if you want to hang a franchise on someone who’s up-and-coming.”
Kellan Lutz: “People know him because of the Twilight movies. But again, who is the audience for this movie? Where’s James Franco’s name? Because he’s the first person I would have thought of.”
Joel Edgerton: “He was terrific in Animal Kingdom and he’s going to be in The Thing. I like him and he’s got the right look. He’s Australian and he’s a wonderful actor. I saw him onstage in A Streetcar Named Desire. That might be an interesting choice.”
Josh Hartnett: “If you’d asked me five years ago, I might say yes. He’s a wonderful person. But I don’t know. Who knows, this could be the thing that puts him back on the map.”
Paul Dano: “What?! He’s the oddest name on the list, but he is super-talented. Maybe if they got him into shape.”
Michael Pitt: “Again, if you’d asked me before Boardwalk Empire, I would have laughed at you. But he was terrific in that. It could be an interesting choice. A really interesting choice.”
Oscar Isaac: “Oscar Isaac? Where are you getting these names? NO!”
Michael Fassbender: “Before you told me any of these names, two people came to mind who would be perfect for this: James Franco and Michael Fassbender. Yes. He’s got the acting ability and the sex appeal…for men and women. He’s hot stuff.”
Luke Evans: “Yeah, he’s good. He’s going to be in The Three Musketeers, but I don’t think people know who he is.”
Alex Pettyfer: “He’s in I Am Number Four. He’s fine. People are high on him right now. But I think he might not be ready yet.”
Benjamin Walker: “I like him. I saw him onstage in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He’s terrific and people are interested in him because he’s with Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer. But is he known enough? Can you hang a series on him?”
So that’s what the pro has to say. Who do you think should star in the next Bourne movie?