Jeremy Renner Reveals His ‘Bourne’ Identity

The star of the spin-off The Bourne Legacy finally starts talking plot. Who's he playing, anyway?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The Bourne Legacy has been on everyone's minds for a while now. Well, actually that's probably an exaggeration, but we've been cognizant of the fact that Tony Gilroy is directing a spin-off of the popular Bourne Franchise, with Albert Finney and Joan Allen returning, Ed Norton playing the villain and Jeremy Renner taking over as a new, unnamed character. Well, he's unnamed no more! Wait, that sounds stupid. But he's named, okay?

In a recent interview at Empire, Renner revealed that his character's name will be Aaron Cross, but "he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new programme and new characters."

New programme? Also, "programme?" Darned Brits. What about Treadstone? "Yeah, it's that same deal, it's just a new set of agents with a different leash. It's the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a Bourne movie."

Doesn't sound like the differences are that vast at all, really. We suppose this is good news for anyone worried that the new Bourne movie was going to reinvent the wheel, but seriously, who couldn't use a new wheel? Maybe one with spikes on it. Metaphorical spikes. We're still waiting on a trailer of some kind to clarify how The Bourne Legacy isn't just the same thing with a new character, but even if it is, we guess that might be okay. Just not cheer-inducing.

CraveOnline will be back with more Bourne Legacy news after we nurse our mysterious headaches.