Director: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, Corey Stoll
Release date: August 3

To the grade-A action franchise’s most adamant fans, making another Bourne installment without leading man and action movie standout Matt Damon must sound like infuriating blasphemy. Though directors Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) heavily impressed behind their respective cameras, the main attraction in all three films has been Damon, with his superb acting and brutally authentic fight skills. You’d think that a Bourne movie sans him would be as ridiculous as Rambo Reborn starring Taylor Lautner.

The Bourne Legacy, however, seems deserving of optimism. For one, its director is Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), who's been a credited Bourne screenwriter on all three entries. Consistency aside, they’ve given the series’ entitlement, and new non-Jason-Bourne protagonist role, to new star Jeremy Renner, a terrific actor who’s just now finding himself on Hollywood’s A-list after years of stellar co-starring performances. And as if that’s not enough, the perennially under-employed Edward Norton is also involved, reportedly as The Bourne Legacy’s chief antagonist. Be thankful, Bourne enthusiasts: It could’ve been a lot worse.