It’s time for the next chapter in the enormously popular “Bourne” action thriller franchise: The Bourne Legacy, which takes off where movie number three, The Bourne Ultimatum, left off. Faced with the political and public fallout from the events that transpired in The Bourne Ultimatum, the CIA decides to shut down “Operation Outcome,” the successor to “Operational Treadstone.”
A new Bourne hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an agent of Operation Outcome, joins Stephanie Snyder (Rachel Weisz), a doctor who helped create the Operation Outcome agents, in a quest to escape before CIA agent Byer (Edward Norton) succeeds in having them killed.
In this action-packed film, Renner, Weisz and Norton join fellow series newcomers Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac. Series veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn all reprise their roles. With The Bourne Legacy Director/Writer Tony Gilroy, the narrative architect behind the entire Bourne film series, has expanded the Bourne universe originally created by Robert Ludlum in his series of “Jason Bourne” novels. The film is named after – but not based on – a later Bourne novel written by Eric Van Lustbader. The Jason Bourne character, previously played by Matt Damon, does not appear in this film.
The Bourne Legacy is scheduled for release on August 3, 2012, by Universal Pictures. Written by Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy, the film is rated PG-13 for violence and action sequence.