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15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Bourne Legacy

15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Bourne Legacy

15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Bourne Legacy
Danielle de Wolfe
04 September 2014

It's the Bourne movie with no Bourne. Jeremy Renner took over the frowning and running from Matt Damon for The Bourne Legacy, in which he plays an agent in a parallel programme to Jason Bourne's.

What do you know about Aaron Cross' first adventure? Proceed and find out, but who can you really believe? (Us. You can believe us)



(Images: AllStar)


Other actors who auditioned for the role of Aaron Cross include Josh Hartnett, Tobey Maguire, Taylor Kitsch, Shia LaBeouf, Garrett Hedlund, Luke Evans, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Kellan Lutz, Alex Pettyfer, Dominic Cooper, Joel Edgerton, Oscar Isaac, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Pitt.


Actresses considered for Rachel Weisz's role of Marta include Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Mara, Blake Lively, Milla Jovovich, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Eliza Dushku, Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Michelle Gellar.


The film was shot under the fake title Marcher.


Legacy was the most expensive of the Bourne series. It cost $125 million. Ultimatum cost $110 million, Supremacy $75 million, and Identity just $60 million.


Although the film is largely set in Washington DC, the bulk of filming took place in Queens, New York. Even the factory in Manila was in Queens. It's usually the printing house for The New York Times.


Before Gilroy came up with the new idea, Universal had considered recasting Bourne and carrying on from where The Bourne Ultimatum left off, and also the possibility of a prequel.


At 135 minutes, this is the longest of all the Bourne films.


In the opening scene, the water in which Jeremy Renner had to swim was so cold that his beard froze.


Tony Gilroy, who worked on all the previous Bourne films, was brought in with the intention of doing two weeks of script work. Universal liked his ideas so much that he was hired as director.


Jeremy Renner became the frontrunner to play Cross after Tony Gilroy heard that he'd been able to do the majority of his own stunts on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Gilroy wanted a man who could act but also handle some very complex action work.


Renner had to go through six weeks of hand-to-hand combat and Filipino stick-fighting training to get ready for the film. During shooting he injured himself by hyper-extending his leg, and also messed up one of his hands.


Returning cast members Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney and David Strathairn all appear in just one new scene each.


Matt Damon thinks the film might make it difficult for him to be involved in another Bourne film in the future. "I did see it...I think it's going to make it harder for us to make another one. I'm just trying to figure out like… Because they used our characters, anything that happens in that world, that's the 'Bourne' world now. So the pill popping and all that stuff happens."


At the same time as production, Robert Ludlum's estate tried to set up a Treadstone TV show but Legacy director Tony Gilroy refused to make the movie if they went forward with it and the project died.


A sequel has been in the works since the movie's release. Originally dated for August 14, 2015, it has now been pushed back to July 15, 2016.