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They're Looking for a "Bourne" Again



    It's actually happening--they're actually moving forward in the "Bourne" universe without Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon.

    Tony Gilroy, writer of the three previous "Bourne" films, has written a spin-off, "The Bourne Legacy," featuring a different hero, which he will also be directing. And now the search has begun for the film's lead.

    Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Kellan Lutz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, Benjamin Walker are on the "short list" of actors that Gilroy is considering, reported Deadlineand Variety.The list is expected to be trimmed in short order.

    Gilroy is obviously a talented writer, and he did a great job directing "Michael Clayton," and even "Duplicity" was better than most of us remember it. If they're determined to continue the Bourne franchise without Damon, it's at least in the hands of the right guy, but we're still not happy.

    "Source Code"

    [NATL] "Source Code"
    Jake Gyllenhaal is a soldier sent into the body of another man to stop a terrorist bombing of a train, a mission he must attack repeatedly until he gets it right, in the new film from Duncan Jones ("Moon"). Co-stars Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 22, 2010)

    Without getting into their schedules/availability, let's break each of the candidates down in 5 words or less:

    Joel Edgerton: Great choice

    Josh Hartnett: No

    "X-Men: First Class"

    [NATL] "X-Men: First Class"
    Director Matthew Vaughn ("Kick -Ass") goes back to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the formation of the original band of mutants assembled by Charles Xavier. Stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne and about a million others.
    (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2011)

    Jake Gyllenhaal: Good in "Source Code," maybe

    Tobey Maguire: Already helped kill one franchise

    Paul Dano: Love him, can't see it

    "Cowboys & Aliens"

    [NATL] "Cowboys & Aliens"
    When a spaceship comes down out of the skies over Arizona, circa 1873, a band of cowboys join forces to repel the alien invaders. Stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford , Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011)

    Michael Pitt: Too pretty

    Oscar Isaac: Never happen

    Garrett Hedlund: Only if "Tron" dies

    Michael Fassbender: Hell to the yes

    Luke Evans: Interesting...

    Alex Pettyfer: We'd prefer Hartnett

    Taylor Kitsch: You sank my Battleship!

    Benjamin Walker: Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Kellan Lutz: Can he act?