Jeremy Renner Replacing Matt Damon in Bourne Series

Entertainment Apr. 22, 2011 AT 1:27PM
Jeremy Renner Replacing Matt Damon in Bourne Series Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Jeff Vespa/

Move over, Matt Damon!

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Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead role in The Bourne Legacy, Deadline reports. The 40-year-old Oscar-nominee will play a new character in a spinoff of The Bourne Identity thrillers.

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In the three Bourne Identity thrillers released between 2002 and 2007, 40-year-old Matt Damon played the role of Jason Bourne, an ex-CIA assassin suffering from stress-induced amnesia. In The Bourne Legacy, Renner is expected to play an operative from a covert government program that's even more dangerous than the brainwashing program that hatched the character Damon played. 

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The Bourne Legacy is scheduled to begin production in September.

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