James Franco cast in The Bourne Legacy?

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The fourth film in the spy thriller series based on the Jason Bourne novels created by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader, The Bourne Legacy is the first film to feature someone other than Matt Damon in its leading role. The story resumes after the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, with a new cast of characters struggling to deal with the aftermath left by Jason Bourne. Jeremy Renner stars as the main character, Aaron Cross/Kenneth Gidson, an agent of Operation Outcome, while Edward Norton, Joan Allen & Rachel Weisz fill in the supporting roles.
November 8th, 2010

James Franco is being lined up to star in 'The Bourne Legacy'.

The '127 Hours' actor is being pursued by the film's director Tony Gilroy to take on the starring role in the movie - the first in the franchise not to feature Matt Damon as lead character Jason Bourne.

If he took the part in the project - the fourth in the 'Bourne' series - Franco would portray an entirely new action hero, as Gilroy has previously confessed he couldn't "replace" Damon.

He said: "I couldn't imagine trying to replace him. All the conspiratorial politics aside, these are very un-cynical, honest movies, and I don't know another actor who brings more integrity and dignity, and a lack of cynicism to his work than Matt."

Little is known about the script for the project, although Gilroy has confirmed Jason Bourne has not died, paving the way for him to return in a later movie.

Franco, 32, will next be seen in 'Planet of the Apes' prequel 'Rise of the Apes' alongside Andy Serkis, Tom Felton and Freida Pinto.