Who Will Be The Next Bourne Identity?
Tony Gilroy - writer of the first three Bourne movies & 2009's Oscar-winning Michael Clayton (starring George Clooney)- has been given the tough task of choosing the successor to Matt Damon for the Jason Bourne series, as the studio plans to shake-up the successful franchise.
The shortlist of talented male actors being considered for the coveted role ranges from Jake Gyllenhall (Prince of Persia) to Tobey Maguire (Spiderman) and the even younger Shia Labeouf (Transformers).
Not only does Gilroy have to find a suitable lead actor, he also has to persuade audiences that the next Bourne movie will be worthwhile seeing without Hollywood superstar Matt Damon.
Gilory has revealed the new chapter in this billion-dollar franchise will take place in the same world as before, however it will centre on an entirely new assassin with a similar background.
US reports believe that Universal Studio believes that if an unknown were to be cast, this would be no problem as the series 'sells itself'. However, other reports stateside have stated that Matt Damon had been offered a part in the forthcoming film, but declined.
With a scheduled August 2012 release date, as with so many times for the fictional Jason Bourne, time is running out for Tony Gilroy.