No, Jeremy Renner will not be stepping into Matt Damon’s shoes to portray Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy. The character is synonymous with Damon, and casting another actor in the role would be extremely ill-advised. Instead, Renner will play Aaron Cross, another agent that exists in the Bourne universe, and USA Today has the first official photo of Renner in character.
The photo tells us absolutely nothing, other than the fact that Jeremy Renner looks like a complete badass… which isn’t really news to anyone. The film is being written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and is currently in production for an August 3, 2012 release date.