Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz Meet With Tony Gilroy for THE BOURNE LEGACY – Updated
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: February 24th, 2011It was about a year ago that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass moved on from the Bourne franchise, but Universal isn’t ready to part ways with the lucrative franchise. The studio hired Tony Gilroy, a man with writing credits on the first three Bourne scripts, to write and direct a titled The Bourne Legacy. Though the title is borrowed from one of the books in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy is a standalone project – wholly original story which does not feature the character Jason Bourne.
In the absence of Damon, Universal needs a strapping young man to put on the posters. The studio has begun the search for the actor to play a new assassin character with a “similar background” to Bourne. Gilroy has reportedly met with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Kellan Lutz about assuming the mantle.
[Update: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker have been added to the list of contenders. Details after the break.]
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: February 24th, 2011The Trade has a lot going for it. The film promises to reunite Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on screen for the first time in over a decade. It’s been suggested that The Trade could be Damon’s directorial debut. And then there’s the premise, based on the true story of former Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson, who traded wives in 1972. Sounds like a movie to me!
The filmmakers are reportedly considering Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, and Rebecca Hall for the film. The roles in question aren’t specified, but there are obviously two distinct female leads in this picture to lure actresses of this caliber. However, this casting is dependent on The Trade going into production; if Kekich gets his way, his life story will not be a movie. Details after the break.
Kekich was never keen on broadcasting his private life. The double marriage took place in October 1972, but the news didn’t leak to the public until spring of the next year. Kekich effectively dropped off the public radar in an attempt to put the scandal behind him. A source tells the New York Post: