So how many franchises can Jeremy Renner be a part of?
Next month, the actor will appear in Marvel Studio’s Thor, a cameo that teases his much larger role in next summer’s The Avengers. And by being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner is pretty much guaranteed appearances in many of the projects that the studio has in the planning stages as well as starring in a film showcasing his character, the superhero archer Hawkeye. Then at Christmas time, he’ll be starring with Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film, Ghost Protocol, and word has it that his character is being positioned to take over the franchise in case Cruise doesn’t wish to return for any further installments. Not bad for an actor who also has two Academy Award nominations under his belt.
Renner is now adding a third franchise to his resume as Universal has just offered him the lead in their upcoming The Bourne Legacy. Renner will play an operative of a covert government agency that is revealed to be even more dangerous than the one that had Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne on the run for three films.
Rumored to be in the running for the role over the last several months, Renner reportedly went through two runs of testing before ultimately beating out the likes of tested the likes of Shia LeBeouf, James McAvoy, Joel Edgerton, Taylor Kitsch, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Garrett Hedlund and Luke Evans for the role.
Currently, Renner is shooting Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters before moving onto The Avengers, which should he keep him occupied until the early Fall. After that he’ll shoot Bourne Legacy before moving on to the revenge thriller By Virtue Fall with director Sheldon Turner.
Should this new Bourne film take off, Renner will likely find himself with some steady work for some time to come.
Via Hollywood Reporter.